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Melania Trump meets children and vets, bowls in London

AP  |  London 

US mingled with British veterans and schoolchildren and had a go at a game of lawn as she made a solo to a historic retirement home for former soldiers today.

As her husband met with British for talks, Mrs visited Royal Hospital Chelsea, an imposing building founded over 300 years ago by which today houses hundreds of British veterans.

The first lady, who wore a sleeveless multi-coloured dress with nude spiky heels, was hosted by the British leader's husband,

The pair toured the hospital's chapel before joining a small group of elementary schoolchildren and veterans in making red paper poppies, a symbol for remembering and honouring those fallen in war.

Mrs Trump, 48, greeted the children with a cheery "Hello!" and a big smile. She shook their hands, and asked one of the kids to show her how to assemble a poppy pin.

She then sat down with three veterans and 10 children for a short group discussion, as part of the first lady's "Be Best" campaign, rolled out in May, which focuses on teaching kindness to children and childhood well-being.

Mrs did not make prepared speeches or remarks to reporters.

Officials kept the event carefully controlled, and ushered reporters out of the room when she was in discussion with the children.

The ended her visit with a game of with May, schoolchildren and veterans. She gamely bowled several times on the bowling green, to loud cheers from children waving British and US flags.

After one of her attempts, Mrs Trump initiated a high five with one of the veterans known as a Chelsea pensioner after he gave her effort the thumbs up.

Mrs Trump was to join for tea with at later today.

The Trumps' European visit marked the Slovenian-born former model's return to the international stage after she was hospitalised for a kidney condition in May and dropped out of public sight for nearly a month.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 17:45 IST