Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny have arrived at the White House where they are to be feted with an official state dinner.
It is only the second such dinner US President Donald Trump has hosted for a foreign leader during his three years in office.
The 173 guests who will join them to dine al fresco in the historic Rose Garden include mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, golfer Greg Norman, and media barons Kerry Stokes and Lachlan Murdoch.
Australian golf legend Greg Norman and his wife Kristen Kutner were among the first to walk the red carpet hand-in-hand, wearing matching attire — Norman a sleep black suit and Kutner a dark velvet-coloured full-length gown, with a diamante clutch.
Lachlan Murdoch, eldest son of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch also arrived, together with his partner Sarah Murdoch.
Just before the dinner, The First Lady welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scot Morrison and his wife Jennifer Morrison wearing a $1180 dress.
Melania Trump, 49, could be seen wearing a pale blue fitted dress by Australian designer Scanlan Theodore. The knitted crepe dress clung to Melania’s figure and the cocoon sleeves added a nice touch. The dress fell just below her knees, showing off her toned legs.
She then slipped into a another, full-length, long-sleeve soft blue gown for the Australian-themed dinner.
Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart; billionaires Kerry Stokes and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, have also arrived on the red carpet. Gina can be seen wearing a white gown.
CEO of American fast food giant Yum! Brands Greg Creed will also attend as will former CEO of Dow Chemical Company Andrew Liveris and News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch is yet to join his son Lachlan.
Most of these business leaders attending the state dinner at the White House will also attend the business roundtable the following night, The Australian reported, but they will be joined by senior US business leaders. These include the founder and chairman of Fedex Fred Smith and the co-CEO of the Carlyle Group Glenn Youngkin.
Many of these business leaders are expected to also attend a garden party early Sunday (AEST) hosted by Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey at his “White Oaks’’ Washington residence.
Mr Hockey was also seen walking the red carpet moments ago.
Melania Trump, who is responsible for the State Dinner, has used Australia’s national colours to set stage for glamorous state dinner in White House Rose Garden to honour visiting Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
She has turned the famous Rose Garden green and gold with her office saying she ““carefully selected” the decor for the first state dinner for an Australian prime minister since 2006 so that it will “reflect the strong ties” between the two nations.