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One million people sign petition to cancel Trump’s State Visit, to avoid embarrassing The Queen

Over one million Britons have signed a petition demanding that the government cancels a planned State Visit to the UK by President Donald Trump.

The petition, which is the most signed petition to ever feature on the government’s website, says that the State Visit should be cancelled to prevent any embarrassment to The Queen.

MPs will vote tomorrow over whether there should be a date set in Parliament to discuses cancelling the visit.

In just 24 hours, it has become the most signed petition in the history of the British government’s website.

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.

Donald Trump accepted an invitation from The Queen to visit the UK later this year for a State Visit.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, confirmed at a press conference that President Trump and the First Lady, Melania Trump, will be travelling to the country later this year.

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.

However, the plans for the visit have already submerged into chaos after a number of prominent MPs are calling for the visit to be cancelled.

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.


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