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Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded

17 October 2017, 12:42 | Colleen Roy

So far Mr Trump has visited countries including France, Germany, Belgium and The Vatican, meeting world leaders including the Pope.

After inspecting a Guard of Honour, the visiting party then travels in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

DONALD TRUMP is set to come to the United Kingdom next year -but his state visit has been downgraded and he will not be a guest of the Queen.

The fact that the government still doesn't dare to schedule the full state visit is a sign of the strength of opposition to Trump in the UK.

It was immediately criticised as a breach of convention, as state visits are usually reserved for a president's second term.

"Our position on the State Visit has not changed - an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted".




Diplomats are working on a "political" programme to ensure that Mr Trump does not snub London when he tours European capitals early in 2018.

But a spokesperson for his office said he would not object to a working visit. "Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged".

Almost 200 MPs signed an early motion opposing Mr Trump addressing both houses of Parliament, with Speaker John Bercow voicing his opposition to his visit during a session in the House of Commons.

In January the Women's March saw over 100,000 protest in London. The Stop the War Coalition has told supporters they "need to make sure that there are protests whenever and wherever he appears", urging "the biggest possible mobilisation at Downing Street".

Then-US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with the Queen during a 2011 State Visit.

Watch: King Felipe of Spain is welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II during a State Visit this year.



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