When is Donald Trump paying his first state visit to the UK?

DONALD Trump is due to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom in 2019.

The US President’s two day working visit in 2018 was marked by large demonstrations across the country. Here’s what you need to know about the state visit.

Donald and Melania Trump are due to visit in 2019
Donald and Melania Trump are due to visit in 2019
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When is Donald Trump paying his first state visit to the UK?

Buckingham Palace announced US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to the UK from June 3 to June 5..

The first details of the trip are that it is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

He will also hold talks with Theresa May at Downing Street.

Mr Trump is already due to visit France for the commemoration.

Downing Street held secret talks with the US administration to discuss timings at the start of the year.

The trip is expected to involve an official banquet at Buckingham Palace and a carriage procession down the Mall.

The White House said the trip would reaffirm the “steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom”.

May said the state visit was 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 National Police Chiefs’ Council said 10,000 officers from across the country were needed to cover his last visit.

It was estimated that the bill for the police operation came to nearly £18m.

Prior to the 2018 visit he told The Sun Theresa May was wrecking Brexit and that Boris Johnson would make an excellent Prime Minister.

The President was greeted by large demonstrations the last time he came to Britain
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What is a state visit?

A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state and is normally at the invitation of the Queen on the advice of the government.

There is usually a state banquet and a visit to the Houses of Parliament, including a speech at Westminster Hall.

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has a veto on any speech made and has been urged to put aside his refusal to invite Trump – a courtesy traditionally extended to US Presidents.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood urged Bercow to change his mind to protect the “special relationship” between the US and the UK.

Her Majesty usually receives one or two heads of state a year and has hosted 109 state visits since she became monarch in 1952.

When did Trump visit the UK in 2018?

President Trump’s working trip saw him largely avoid the capital and was not regarded as a state visit – as he was not hosted by the Queen.

He did, however, spend around 45 minutes with Her Majesty at Windsor Castle and described her as a “tremendous woman” who had “really never made a mistake”.

He arrived at Stansted on July 12, 2018.

Trump had tea with the Queen and talks with Theresa May on his four day visit.

He also flew up to Scotland where he owns Turnberry golf course.


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