The First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday, Sept. 21, shared photos and video of the state dinner, which celebrated more than a century of loyal and devoted friendship between America and Australia.

“Potus and I send our sincere gratitude to all who made yesterday’s visit and last night’s state dinner such a success! Thank you to the military, State Dept, East wing, usher’s office, and residence staff for all of your hard work,” she said.

Dinner centerpieces were made using more than 2,500 yellow California roses and Australia’s national flower, the golden wattle, while the garden itself was decorated with white and yellow roses.

Music came from all four sides of the Rose Garden and from above. The singers and musicians represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps and surrounded the party, while a band played on the roof of the West Wing.

For the after-dinner entertainment, a band on the West Wing roof and a chorus below performed “What a Wonderful World.” A solo violinist also performed while walking among the guest tables.

A military band plays on the Colonnade during a media preview for the state dinner with President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Rose Garden of the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

The first lady wore an aqua silk chiffon gown by J. Mendel with inserted pleats and bias cut waves, the White House said. Morrison’s wife, Jennifer Morrison, wore a midnight blue sequined halter-style gown.

In remarks before the three-course meal was served, President Trump raised his glass to “very special people and a very, very special country.”

In return, Prime Minister Morrison praised the first lady’s “quiet grace” and toasted to 100 years of mate ship between the United States and Australia.

Hours earlier, the first lady posted the video welcoming Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jennifer Morrison at the White House.

Here are some photos of the state dinner:

Tables were set with green and gold at the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a state dinner on Sept. 20, 2019. (AP)
Two tables during a media preview for the state dinner with President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
A set table during a media preview for the state dinner with President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jennifer Morrison during a state dinner at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (C)and wife Nancy Kissinger arrive for a state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), (C) and wife Debbie Meadows arrive for a state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), (C) and wife Gayle Conelly Manchin arrive for a state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Television host Maria Bartiromo (R), and husband Jonathan Steinberg arrive for the state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, and Maria Ryan arrive for the state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R), and wife Susan Pompeo arrive for the state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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