Melania bowls Britain over – and even high-fives a Chelsea Pensioner!

Melania bowls Britain over – and even high-fives a Chelsea Pensioner!

Melania Trump showed off her playful side as she tried her hand at bowls during a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Friday morning.

The First Lady, 48, joined Philip May, 60, for the game with the Chelsea Pensioners and a group of local schoolchildren. 

Mrs Trump, who wore a £1,550  ($1,910) Victoria Beckham dress and 5in heels for the engagement, threw herself into the spirit of the competition, groaning with frustration when her turn went awry.  She clapped as Mr May stepped onto the green and later celebrated by high-fiving a uniformed Chelsea Pensioner, much to his delight. 

Earlier Mr May and Mrs Trump joined the children in making Remembrance Day poppies.

Mrs Trump stepped out on her own this morning as President Trump and Theresa May attended a military display before meeting at Chequers for crucial talks. 

Mrs Trump will later rejoin her husband for a private audience with the Queen at Windsor Castle. 

Showing off her skills! The First Lady tried her hand at bowl during a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, on Friday

Close call! Melania looked to be getting into the spirit of the game as Philip May, the Prime Minister’s husband, looked on

Team spirit! Melania Trump high-fives a Chelsea Pensioner following the quick game of bowls at the hospital

Good job! Mrs Trump prompted a chuckle from Philip May (pictured standing behind) as she tried bowls on the lawn

Philip May and Mrs Trump appeared to be getting on famously as they joined schoolchildren for the event on Friday

Mr May, who is entertaining Mrs Trump in London today, was instructed by a schoolboy (right) on the bowls lawn

Mrs Trump and Mr May appeared to be getting on famously as they took part in the activity outside the hospital.

Journalists attending the event had been advised to wear flat shoes but Mrs Trump opted for a pair of towering nude stilettos, believed to be a £583 ($725) pair by celebrity shoe designer Christian Louboutin, a label that the first lady has worn multiple times during this trip.

The sleek nude shoes perfectly complimented her bold, colour-block dress by British designer Beckham.

Despite her polished look, the First Lady was eager to join in with the fun and expertly teetered across the grass to play. 

Under the instruction of one of the schoolchildren, she crouched down and rolled the bowl across the green. 

She bowled four times, smiling throughout, while the light breeze blew her hair back from her face. Mrs Trump and Mr May later shared a joke as they waved British and American flags during a photocall.

Whoops! Mrs Trump appeared less than impressed with how her turn went, while Mr May looked on to see how she’d fare

Thumb’s up! Mrs Trump beamed as she received the seal of approval by a uniformed Chelsea Pensioner following her bowl

Delighted: Mrs Trump looked concentrated as she tried bowling under the guidance of a schoolboy (left). Right, the First Lady

Supportive: Melania, elegant in a £1,550 ($1,910) Victoria Beckham dress, clapped Mr May following his turn on the green

Special relationship: Mr May and Mrs Trump smiled as they waved British and American flags during a photocall

Celebration! Mr May and Mrs Trump appeared to be getting on famously during the appearance at the hospital

Look at me! Mrs Trump appeared delighted with her miniature American flag as she posed for photos with Mr May

After the poppy making, Mrs Trump listened to school children talk about values and service. Mrs Trump sat beside Mr May in front of a poster which said ‘Be the best you can be’.

Before she took to the bowling green, Mrs Trump met school children from Saint George’s Church of England primary school who were making Remembrance Day poppies.

When she arrived into the room, she said ‘good morning’ and asked the children if they would like to show her how to make the poppies.

Mrs Trump, mother to 12-year-old Barron, looked in her element as she leaned down to watch the children at work. 

Getting involved: The First Lady was shown how to make Remembrance Day poppies by a group of local schoolchildren 

Gentle nature: The First Lady and the Prime Minister’s husband both looked engaged as they spent time with the pupils  

Relaxed: Mr May and Mrs Trump, who spent last night together at a Blenheim Palace reception, chatted easily together today

Gracious: The First Lady, mother to 12-year-old Barron, appeared in her element as she met the London schoolchildren

Light-hearted moment: The First Lady appeared tickled by something one of the primary school children had said

Lots to learn: The First Lady smiled as she showed one schoolgirl her attempt at the Remembrance Day poppy

Special gift: She appeared to present the young girl with the poppy following their crafts session at Royal Chelsea Hospital

Stepping out on her own: Mrs Trump was carrying out the engagement as her husband spent the morning with Theresa May

Radiant: The First Lady was perfectly polished in a Victoria Beckham dress and wore her hair in a sleek down do

Royal Chelsea Hospital: History behind the home of Britain’s beloved Chelsea Pensioners

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded as a retirement home for soldiers by King Charles II in 1682. 

Residents are affectionately known as the Chelsea Pensioners and are famous for their distinctive scarlet coats.  

Any former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65, who is facing spending their advanced years alone, can apply for residence at the Royal Hospital as a Chelsea Pensioner. 

Some 300 army veterans live at the Royal Hospital today, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. 

The Chelsea Pensioners regularly take part in parades, commemorations and state events.  

The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed site. Maintenance of the site continues today with ongoing restoration work to ensure that this legacy lives on into the future. 

Lasting legacy: The Royal Hospital Chelsea, pictured, was founded as a retirement home for soldiers by King Charles II in 1682

She later had a go at making one and jokingly said it looked ‘very professional’ when she showed Mr May her first attempt. 

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.

Before Mrs Trump’s arrival, waiting media – who had gone through rigorous security checks – were told not to shout out questions.

Important lesson: Mrs Trump and Mr May spent time speaking to the children about the importance of school values

Young role models: The children also told the VIP visitors about the importance of service and community work

Warm welcome: The First Lady greets one of the red-coated Chelsea Pensioners who lives at the Royal Hospital Chelsea 

Group discussion: Schoolchildren sat cross-legged on the floor as Mrs Trump and Mr May listened to their views

The First Lady was greeted by Mr May when she stepped out of her vehicle which was preceded on the route to the hospital by at least four police outriders. The convoy also included around five black jeeps.

On arrival, Mrs Trump met Lieutenant colonel Nicky Mott, hospital CEO Gary Lashko and Chelsea pensioners John Riley, Alan Collins and Marjorie Cole.

Slovenian-born former model Mrs Trump and Oxford graduate Mr May made for an unlikely pairing on Friday morning, but greeted each other warmly and appeared relaxed in each other’s company.

The First Lady became Donald Trump’s third and current wife in 2005, seven years after they started dating. They welcomed Barron in 2006, the year Melanie became a US citizen. 

The First Lady looked elegant in a bold colour block dress and stilettos for the appearance 

Melania Trump and Philip May have stepped out for a joint engagement in London

Melania, who will later join her husband to meet the Queen, struck the right note with her look

The First Lady was greeted by Mr May as she arrived at the hospital on Friday morning

Mrs Trump is carrying out her own engagements as her husband meets with Mrs May

Mrs Trump arrived


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