Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK will not happen until Autumn at the earliest, due to the King and Queen of Spain visiting in the summer.
President Trump’s State Visit was announced before King Felipe’s, however, a firm date has been set for the Spanish visit in June.
President Trump accepted an invitation from Her Majesty’s government to visit the UK at some point in 2017.
Out of the 12 presidents in Her Majesty’s reign, only five were ever invited for a State Visit. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. President Trump will now become number six.
The United States and the United Kingdom have long had the “Special Relationship” that Prime Minister Winston Churchill mentioned in 1946.
President Trump’s visit to the UK has already amounted to extreme controversy – before a date has even been set.
Two million people have signed a petition calling for the visit to be called off.
Last year, almost 600,000 people signed a separate petition calling for the 70-year-old to be banned from travelling to the UK. It was the most signed petition on the government’s website until now.
The State Visit will still certainly go ahead, and it is likely that the President will stay at Windsor Castle, partly due to major refurbishment works that will be taking place at Buckingham Palace.
The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has said that he is not happy for President Trump’s State Visit to go ahead while the controversial bans preventing people from entering the USA based on their country of origin are in place.
Speaking to Robert Peston, Mr Corbyn said: “I’m not happy with him coming here until that ban is lifted, quite honestly.”
He added: “It’s slightly odd he should be invited so quickly, particularly in view of the statements he’s made, and I suspect this visit is something that might find its way into the long grass.”
He also said that Buckingham Palace should “absolutely not rush” in making arrangements for the visit, which is expected to take place later this year.
The President is also said to be extremely reluctant to meet Prince Charles because of the pair’s differing views on climate change.
The President, who has previously said that climate change is a myth invented by the Chinese, does not want to take a lecture from The Prince of Wales who is a climate change campaigner, according to The Sunday Times.
Members of Trump’s administrative team instead want The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to meet the President when he visits the UK later this year.
Speaking to The Times, a source has said: “Trump’s people are worried about an awkward moment, with Prince Charles saying ‘Why don’t you believe in climate change?’
“They do not want the President put in an awkward position where he’s being lectured. They want horses down the Mall, tea with William & Kate.
They want all that pomp and for it to go seamlessly, and one of the risk factors is Charles.”
Number 10 Downing Street have released a statement confirming that plans for the State Visit by Donald Trump remain in place.
Royal Central will be bringing you ongoing coverage on President Trump’s State Visit to the UK in the months to come.