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Queen to Invite Trump for State Visit

Donald Trump welcomed by guard of honour at Windsor Castle

President Donald Trump is set to receive a formal invitation to make a state visit to the United Kingdom soon. His visit will probably take place in June, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June. The visit is a controversial one, as the last time Trump crossed the pond thousands of protestors took to the streets in London.

Donald Trump's official state visit to the United Kingdom has been in the works for some time, sine his inauguration in January 2017 to be exact, and it looks like a date is likely to be set very soon. According to the Sunday Times, Queen Elizabeth II will be extending an invitation to the American President for June this year, with Downing Street and the White House set to make an official announcement very soon. 

The Queen greets the President of the United States, Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump at Windsor Castle

The Queen greets the President of the United States, Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump at Windsor Castle 

Trump to visit the United Kingdom in June

The visit will take coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June 2019. There will be hundreds of celebrations taking place throughout the United Kingdom to mark the special anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Since becoming the reigning monarch of Great Britain in 1952, all U.S. presidents have been issued invites for a state visit from the Queen except Lyndon B. Johnson.  

While Trump has previously visited the United Kingdom, it was a working visit and so did not include a meeting at Buckingham Palace with the Queen or a military welcome, although Trump did meet the Queen at Windsor Castle and was invited to afternoon tea. 

Trump's visit caused uproar and thousands took to the streets to protest. His visit was downgraded to a working visit from an official state visit due to public protests and an online petition that claimed that the visit would be and "embarrassment" garnered more than 1.8 million signatures.