The State Dinner: A Portrait of Elegance

By Shannon Henderson Published on April 25, 2018

Last night’s State Dinner for France’s Emmanuel Marcon and his wife Brigitte was the first of the Trump presidency. First lady Melania Trump worked for months to get every last detail right. She pulled off a portrait of elegance. And couldn’t we use a bit of beauty and elegance these days?

Please enjoy this journey through some of the night’s most splendid images.

 

President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to the North Portico to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as the Trumps host a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to the North Portico to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as the Trumps host a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron arrive at the North Portico before a State Dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the White House.

French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron arrive at the North Portico before a State Dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the White House.

 

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, as they arrive.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, as they arrive.

 

The Cross Hall decorated with Cherry Blossoms for a State Dinner in honor of France at the White House.

The Cross Hall decorated with Cherry Blossoms.

 

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive at the White House.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive at the White House.

 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his wife Janna arrive at the White House

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his wife Janna.

 

The State Dining Room table setting laid out for the State Dinner in honor of France.

The State Dining Room table setting laid out for the State Dinner. No paper napkins here.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson arrive at the White House.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson arrive.

 

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and his wife Stacey arrive at the White House.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and his wife Stacey.

 

Dinner china is set before President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, for the first state visit of the Trump administration, in the State Dinning room of the White House.

The hushed, dramatic lighting of the State Dining Room as it awaits the night’s lucky guests.

 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton arrive at the White House.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton arrive at the White House.

 

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Chad Wolf arrive at the White House.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Chad Wolf arrive at the White House.

 

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stands with others at a State Dinner in honor of France.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stands with others.

 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., talks with other guests.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., talks with other guests.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a State Dinner in his honor at the White House in Washington, DC, April 24, 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron offers a toast to the President and the United States. 

 

US President Donald Trump toasts French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Dinner in honor of Macron at the White House.

US President Donald Trump toasts French President Emmanuel Macron and our nearly 250 years of friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

President Donald J. Trump shares a toast with French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Dinner for Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at the White House.

Friends. What started nearly 250 years ago with America’s first president George Washington and France’s Marquis de Lafayette continues … 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Paul

    I think of all the state dinners I’ve helped pay for and never once had an invite lol. We all can throw a grand party when using other peoples money.

  • Jim Walker

    Now that you have had your scrumptious dinner, please do your job, serve the people.

  • Irene Neuner

    This is good you naysayers. The president represents us. We should do likewise and do our utmost for who we represent, namely Christ.

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