Trump to make first state visit to United Kingdom in June

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2019

Trump's state visit has been a divisive issue for Britons since May issued the invitation, with 1.86 million people signing a petition calling for him to be prevented from making such a trip, leading to a debate in parliament in 2017.

Mr Trump was criticised for breaching royal etiquette by walking in front of the monarch during his audience with her.

A royal source has told CNN that there will be no carriage procession for Trump's forthcoming visit, and the Queen is unable to host the presidential couple overnight at the palace, due to long-term refurbishment work.

However, it's not yet clear whether the US President will, like most of those invited to make a State Visit, find himself addressing both Houses of Parliament.

Trump and the first lady also plan to attend a ceremony in the naval city of Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the final day of his visit, the White House said.

President Trump is yet to tweet about the upcoming trip.

Donald Trump made a series of gaffes during his visit to Britain last June as he sparked criticism for failing to follow royal protocol when he met the Queen.

The Queen welcomed President Trump to Windsor Castle in 2018 during his working visit to the UK.

Trump and his wife, Melania, have "accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom", officials said.

The British Queen and her husband Philip have previously made four state visits to the USA.

"This is a President who has systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries", Emily Thornberry, Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman, said in a statement after the visit was announced.

During Trump's visit last July, protesters turned out by the thousands to voice their displeasure with Trump, citing his policies on immigration, his statements about the European Union and United Kingdom and his criticisms of several British politicians, including the prime minister and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The last UK State Visit to the U.S. was in 2007.

Sabby Dhalu, from Stand Up To Trump, claimed the U.S. leader was "the world's number one racist, warmonger and misogynist".

Nations that took part in the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany have also been invited to attend.

He will then meet his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on June 6, according to the White House.

In addition to Obama's 2011 speech, Bush was also slated to speak to the legislature during his 2003 visit, but that address was canceled amid intense disagreements and protests over the Iraq War.

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