Despite a record number of Britons signing a petition to avoid having The Queen meet with Donald Trump while on his State Visit, it seems all is a go.
However, the mass amounts of protests to his visit have raised substantial problems and to help minimise those, it is likely that Queen Elizabeth will host the President at her private estate in Scotland.
Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, told LBC Radio that he believes Balmoral would be a much more suitable venue as it would be more difficult for protesters to reach.
Mr Salmond announced that he was one of the over a million people who signed the petition to downgrade Trump’s visit from State Visit, but would not look to ban him from visiting Scotland, saying:“You have to respect the office, but you don’t have to accord somebody the full panoply of a state visit when the greatest presidents on earth and in history had to wait two or three years for it.
“I think him going to Scotland is quite likely, and I’ll tell you why.
“If you come to London in current circumstances or with another embarrassment there will be hundreds of thousands certainly, maybe more, people in the streets.
“I think they will see Balmoral as a much, much safer option because even in Scotland, even from my constituency which is adjacent to Balmoral in the north east of Scotland, it takes me a good two hours to get there from my house.
“So I reckon they think Balmoral is a much better option to try and minimise the protesters, but believe me if it was Balmoral, if it’s London, if it’s Timbuktu, he’ll be met by very substantial protests.”
By having the visit at Balmoral, it would mean that The Queen would have to change her usual plans and head up to Scotland early. It has been said that Trump wanted to visit Balmoral anyway for a round of golf on the private course to create his own version the famous images of The Queen and President Reagan horseback riding at Windsor Castle in 1982.
Sources close to Trump have said that the President wants the visit to have all the “pomp and ceremony” without any hitches. One of those being, meeting with Prince Charles who always has tea with the incoming Head of State at Clarence House. Trump and his team are worried about the awkward situation he might be put in should Prince Charles bring up climate change, a cause he is very passionate about and Trump believes is made up.