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Queen set to invite Donald Trump to Windsor Castle for a State Visit next year

The Queen is set to invite US President-Elect, Donald Trump, on an official State Visit to the UK in mid-2017 according to reports.

According to The Daily Telegraph, senior government officials are already writing up plans for the State Visit which promises to be a historic occasion.

Mr Trump will not receive an invitation to visit the UK in an official capacity until he is sworn in as President in January.

If Mr Trump does visit the UK, he is likely to stay at Windsor Castle, partly due to major refurbishment works that will be taking place at Buckingham Palace.

This news comes a few days after it emerged the President-Elect told British Prime Minister, Theresa May, that his late mother was a ‘big fan of The Queen’.

In a ten-minute phone conversation, the President-Elect told the Prime Minister that his mother, Mary Trump, was a ‘big fan’ of the Queen.

Donald Trump also reportedly asked Mrs May to pass on his best regards to The Queen when she next visit’s Buckingham Palace.

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. So will Trump be lucky number six?

The United States and the United Kingdom have long had the “Special Relationship” that Prime Minister Winston Churchill mentioned in 1946.

On the phone to the Prime Minster, Mr Trump invited Theresa May to the US, saying: If you travel to the US, you should let me know.

Some British Members of Parliament have been questioning the future of the special relationship, with one MP raising the issue in Parliament.

Responding to the questions, Mrs May said in her weekly Prime Minister’s Questions that she “will ensure that the special relationship continues, and does so in the interests of both the UK and the US.”