Trump is hosting his first state visit in office - take a look back at how the elaborate diplomatic tradition became what it is today
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- State visits are an important tradition in the US, and follow a strict protocol.
- Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is currently hosting French president Emmanuel Macron for a state visit.
- It's the first state visit that Trump has ever handled.
- So far, observers have commented on the apparent "bromance" between the two presidents, as well as the strange moment when Trump made a point of brushing dandruff from Macron's shoulder.
- Here's a look back at some notable and opulent state visits across history.
US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania are currently hosting French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.
It's the first state visit that Trump's hosted. So far, it's involved glowing speeches, policy disagreements, a growing "bromance," possibly coordinated outfits, and a tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon.
But the mere presence of a world leader in the US does not a state visit make. Business Insider's Ellen Cranley reported that, technically, a state visit must include "a full-honors arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House with a 21-gun salute, a state luncheon at the US State Department, and a White House state dinner."
Here's a look back at some memorable state visits from years past, which featured famous guests, sumptuous dining, and trips around America:
The King of Hawaii was the first leader to make a state visit to the United States
Grand Duchess Charlotte attended a fancy Elizabethan banquet with the Kennedys
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was honored at the last state visit of the Kennedy administration
Queen Beatrix's visit was marked with special fireworks
Ronald Reagan had to retire early from Chinese president Li Xiannian's state dinner
Russian president Boris Yeltsin reportedly was found outside in his underpants during his state visit
Queen Elizabeth II visited the US to commemorate the first English colony in North America
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