Melania Trump meets children and vets, bowls in London

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Getty Images Once inside Melania was greeted by school children and British army veterans

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, is accompanied by Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May as she meets British military veterans known as "Chelsea Pensioners" at Royal Hospital Chelsea on July 13, 2018 in London, England. But here in London, the tone was cordial - festive, even.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded as a retirement home for soldiers by King Charles II in 1682, and the Chelsea pensioners are famous for their distinctive scarlet coats. Applicants must be over 65 and "unencumbered by spouse", according to its charter.

She opted for less declarative fashion statements for her United Kingdom visit, wearing a nude dress by Roland Mouret on the Stansted runway, and a Grecian-style gown in pale yellow chiffon by J Mendel, another French designer, for the dinner at Blenheim Palace.

The First Lady, 48, greeted the children with a cheery "Hello!" and a big smile and shook their hands, before asking one of the kids to show her how to assemble a poppy pin. Following a glamorous black-tie dinner on Thursday evening, in which she dazzled guests with her stunning yellow caped gown by J Mendel, Melania opted for a more casual look - but not less impressive - for her first London engagement on Friday morning.

She bowled four times on the green outside, and her towering high heels didn't stop her getting stuck in to the game.

We imagine she will be very nervous, on Friday Donald Trump revealed that his wife is a "tremendous fan of hers".

Trump was warmly greeted by May as she stepped out of her vehicle, before meeting Lt Col Nicky Mott, the hospital's chief executive, Gary Lashko, and the uniformed Chelsea pensioners John Riley, Alan Collins and Marjorie Cole.

Mrs Trump and Mr May toured the hospital's chapel before joining a small group of young primary school children and veterans in making red paper poppies.

Later in the day Melania will make her way from London to Windsor Castle, where she'll be joined by her husband President Trump for tea with The Queen.

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