Donald Trump’s state visit to UK confirmed for June

Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 June, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Queen invited the president and his wife to the UK from 3 June until 5 June, and the US leader has accepted.

Further details of the programme will be announced in due course.

On the State Visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests.

“We do more together than any two nations in the world and we are both safer and more prosperous because of our cooperation.

“The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.”

The Queen and Donald Trump inspect a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle
Image: 2018: The Queen and Donald Trump inspect a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle

In a statement, the White House said the visit would “reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom”.

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It confirmed the president will meet with the Queen, and will have bilateral talks with Mrs May.

Mrs May and Mr Trump will then attend the D-Day events in Southsea Common, Portsmouth before going to Normandy for further commemorative events.

Mr Trump will meet with Emmanuel Macron when in France.

Mrs May and Mr Trump shake hands at Chequers
Image: Mrs May and Mr Trump shake hands at Chequers

Mr Trump’s visit comes almost a year since his last official trip to the UK, when he and First Lady Melania met the Queen at Windsor Castle, spending around 45 minutes together, instead of the scheduled 30 minutes.

Mr Trump later described the Queen as a “tremendous woman” who had “really never made a mistake”.

He had also spent time with Mrs May at the prime minister’s country residence Chequers and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where they watched a display of special forces from both the UK and the US.

Last time, tens of thousands of people protested Mr Trump’s visit, but his stops were scheduled to avoid the gathering crowds.

He also took in a round or two of golf at his resort in Scotland.

His meeting with Mrs May was somewhat overshadowed by an explosive interview in which he said the prime minister’s Brexit plans would kill off any trade deal between the US and UK.

The Queen welcomes President Bush to the UK
Image: The Queen welcomes President Bush to the UK

The invitation for a full state visit was first offered about two years ago, in 2017, but has been put off in part because of perceived protest from the British public and because of the ongoing Brexit uncertainties.

Last year’s trip was not a full state visit, which usually includes a banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Demonstrations for this visit are already being planned.

Queen Elizabeth greets Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump at Windsor Castle
The Queen has met US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle. Watch as they inspect the guard in place of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The D-Day event on the south coast will be “one of the greatest British military spectacles in recent history” according to Downing St, with 26 iconic RAF aircraft and 11 Royal Navy vessels in the Solent.

As well as the US, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have all been invited to send representatives to the event.

The Queen greeted by President Eisenhower in the US during her visit there
Image: The Queen greeted by President Eisenhower in the US during her visit there

German representatives will also be present.

The Queen has previously hosted two state visits from American presidents – George W Bush and his wife Laura Bush, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

She and her husband The Duke of Edinburgh have themselves made four State Visits to the US. In October 1957 they visited President Eisenhower, and in in July 1976 for the US Bicentennial they visited President Ford.

In May 1991 they met with President George Bush and in May 2007 his son President George W Bush.

Source: SKY NEWS

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