London: US President Donald Trump was rescued from an embarrassing situation by his wife Melania when he failed to recognise a statuette at Buckingham Palace that he had gifted the Queen last summer, according to a media report.
Trump, who is on a three-day state visit, was shown a pewter horse that he gave as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II when they met in July 2018 and was asked whether he recognised it. Looking a bit puzzled, he replied "no", the Independent newspaper reported. First Lady Melania quickly came to his rescue, saying: "I think we gave that to the Queen."
He had given the thoroughbred statue in polished pewter on his visit to Windsor. It happened as the 93-year-old Queen was showing the President and his wife around an exhibition at the palace picture gallery of American artefacts on Monday.
Among the items she showed them were a display of golfing memorabilia and a draft copy of a telegram from George VI to US General Dwight Eisenhower after the D-Day invasion of France.
Queen gifter President Trump first edition of Winston Churchill's "The Second World War" and a three-piece Duofold pen set using an obsidian design that was made exclusively for the monarch.