Four out of Donald Trump’s five children were in attendance at last night’s banquet in honor of the President’s state visit to the United Kingdom. Only his 13-year-old son, Barron Trump, was absent from the dinner at Buckingham Palace.
The President’s decision to bring his kids to a state dinner may seem unusual to some Americans. After all, Barack Obama’s daughters did not attend the banquet in honor of his state visit in 2011, and George W. Bush’s daughters didn’t attend his in 2003.
But there is some precedent. For example, as royal blogger Gert’s Royals pointed out, Colombian President Santos brought his children to a state visit to the U.K. in 2016.
CNN anchor Max Foster also noted that the Mexican President brought his adult children to a state visit with the U.K. in 2015.
Additionally, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner also hold roles within his administration, giving them perhaps another reason to be in attendance during this week’s events.
But regardless of why the Trump children were at Buckingham Palace last night, they all seemed quite excited to be there.
According to royal reporter Victoria Murphy, at the banquet the Trump children “were seated with guests including members of the government, the diplomatic corps, and other notable figures connected with the visiting nation.” And they’ve all been quick to share the experience on social media.
Ivanka has posted several photos from the state visit on her Instagram account this week, including this snap of the family before the banquet with the caption, “A spectacular State Banquet hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace 🇺🇸🇬🇧”