Trump reveled in visit with Queen, history and his family

Updated 10:21 AM EDT, Sat June 8, 2019
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) views a display of US items of the Royal collection with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) views a display of US items of the Royal collection with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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(CNN) —  

It was the presidential version of what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation: Buckingham Palace to see bearskin-hatted guards; Normandy for the hallowed rows of fallen American heroes; and the west of Ireland for a round of golf on the Atlantic-facing links.

For a man who would rather remain in his own bedroom than venture abroad, President Donald Trump this week appeared to savor the sightseeing aspects of his visit to Europe, where foreign counterparts eager to instill a sense of weighted history in the President (and his extended family) played tour guide and docent.

Trump’s inner-tourist emerged as he slowly paced Buckingham Palace’s Picture Gallery with the 93-year-old monarch, lingering over displays of old maps and a strategically selected swatch of yellow fabric – a piece of MacLeod tartan, the family of Trump’s mother.

He made a stop at the warren of rooms from which Winston Churchill directed the war effort, a must-stop in every London guidebook and a pilgrimage of sorts for a President who’s sought to emulate the man, at least in photographs.