Trump to attend state dinner, meet Queen Elizabeth II on British visit

09 July, 2018, 06:58 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Trump will be in the city for meetings with Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Theresa May and protesters are planning a "stop Trump" march through central London.

Mr Trump owns Trump International Golf Links, a course in Balmedie, near Aberdeen.

Trump will arrive at London's Stansted Airport Thursday, following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats with Washington since Trump s election, the British government is keen to strike a trade deal with the United States but the visit is likely to feature major protests against the U.S. leader.

Johnson said the trip was not planned to avoid the protests.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Robert "Woody" Johnson said the president and the prime minister are "on the same page" when it comes to Russia's "malign activities".

"We are a free and open democracy, and we believe in the right to peaceful protest".

Johnson said Trump's visit to Britain is meant to improve relations, and said trade between the countries has risen 21 percent since the start of the year.

That evening he will attend a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, a grand country house near Oxford that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

The event will begin with a military ceremony in the Great Court of the Palace, where the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards will play the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace, and the National Emblem.

Trump will follow the likes of Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr and George W. Bush in visiting the prime minister at her country residence, Chequers.

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He is meticulous and considered, he wants to be the best he can be and believes he can be one of the best in the world.

During dinner, the Countess of Wessex's orchestra will perform "classic British and American hits". I would also say that I think the majority of British people understand the importance of the UK-US alliance.

Trump's postprandial departure will be accompanied by the Royal Regiment of Scotland playing the bagpipes, a tip of the hat perhaps to Trump's Scottish-German heritage.

But in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street.

Malin Baker Bogue, 28, who works in government relations and moved to Britain from the United States in 2015, said she was not a fan of Trump despite being a Republican but was still surprised by the anger he provoked.

After spending the night at Winfield House in London, hosted by his ambassador Mr Johnson, the president will join the prime minister to watch a United Kingdom military exercise, before the pair travel to Chequers - the PM's country residence in Buckinghamshire - for bilateral talks.

In April 2009, just months after taking office, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met the queen at Buckingham Palace.

Trump will meet the queen at Windsor Castle on Friday before traveling to Scotland for the rest of that weekend.

Number 10 described this as "a private element of the official visit".

After an overnight stay at the US ambassador's London residence, Mr Trump on Friday will join Mrs May at an undisclosed defence site to view the UK's "cutting edge military capabilities" and integrated UK-US military training, before they head to Chequers for talks.

The president is only expected to spend one evening in the capital city.

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