Presidents and Prime Ministers joined Princes and Princesses as the Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years since the formation of NATO. Representatives of the organisation’s member states joined the Queen and her family at the special event and posed for a photo for the history books in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace.Embed from Getty Images
The Queen was joined by leaders of the 29 countries that currently belong to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for an official portrait. Her Majesty took centre stage with Boris Johnson on one side and NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on the other. The Prince of Wales sat with US President, Donald Trump, for the photo.Embed from Getty Images
During the evening, Charles also helped his mother officially welcome world leaders to the Palace. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall joined the Queen for the formal introductions while other members of the Royal Family, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, mingled with guests at the reception.
NATO leaders are in the UK ahead of the organisation’s summit which takes place on December 4th. However, the meeting has also been an opportunity to celebrate the group’s 70th anniversary. It was set up in 1949 as a defence alliance and originally consisted of twelve countries. In the seven decades since, it has expanded with member states committing to defend each other in the event of external attack.Embed from Getty Images
The Buckingham Palace reception came after a day of meetings between politicians attending the summit. President Trump and his wife, Melania, also visited Clarence House where they had tea with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.