Donald Trump '˜likely' to meet the Queen on UK trip - what we know so far
Donald Trump is 'likely' to meet the Queen during his visit to the UK this summer, according to reports.
It was announced yesterday that the US President will visit the UK to hold talks with Theresa May on Friday, 13 July.
The controversial visit, which has been widely condemned, has been described as a move by May to set foundations for a trade deal with the US after Brexit.
But it is also evidence that the “special relationship” between the UK and US is back on track, depsite tensions being high, particularly after Mr Trump shared videos posted by right-wing group Britian First.
Here’s what we know so far about Donald Trump’s UK visit.
When is the visit?
The US President will arrive in Britain on 13 July, just days after attending the Nato summit in Brussels.
What type of visit is this?
The trip is being billed as a low-key “working visit” rather than a lavish “state visit,” which is usually associated with meetings with the royals. For a state visit, the Queen would act as the host. They usually consist of the royal family greeting the guest with a ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade before travelling to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession. There is also a very grand and formal state banquet. It is not expected Mr Trump will experience this level of pomp and ceremony, but rather will be engaged in political meetings. When Mrs May initially extended the invitation to Mr Trump in 2017, a state visit was on the cards. That idea was quickly rubbished after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition in protest.
Who will he meet?
It has been widely reported that Mr Trump will meet the Queen when he comes to Britain, most likely at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or Balmoral in Scotland. Some more hand-holding with Mrs May – and possibly other senior members of the Cabinet – is a given. More details about the president’s meetings will be released soon.
What do people think of the visit?
Mass protests by those angered by Mr Trump’s controversial policies are expected to take place during the visit. Six Conservative groups have written to the President, warning him to stay away from London and go to his “ancestral homeland” of Scotland. “Unfortunately, unlike countries such as Poland and France who have welcomed President Trump, many in Britain have shown an extremely immature attitude towards his important and necessary visit to America’s closest ally,” said Ben Harris-Quinney of the Bow Group. “A visit to London by the President is likely to draw major protests, crime and disorder, and we do not wish to see Britain or President Trump embarrassed by this.”
But politicians are unhappy about the visit, too. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”
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