Buckingham Palace is getting a new arrival — and it’s not the royal baby.
Palace sources have confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II has invited President Trump and first lady Melania Trump for their first state visit. The couple, who previously joined the monarch for tea at Windsor Castle last summer, have accepted the invite, and will be in England from June 3 to June 5.
The President of The United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the UK. pic.twitter.com/e3ANW9bUKa— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2019
Last July’s visit — which wasn’t considered an official state visit, and didn’t include a stop at Buckingham Palace — saw the Trumps being greeted with large-scale protests in London as well as an inflatable “Trump baby” balloon flying near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It’s perhaps not so surprising, then, that Brits still aren’t quite ready to roll out the red carpet a second time.
He’s not welcome here, ever. 🇬🇧— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) April 23, 2019
Cheapest way to host this state function (as it's taxpayer money): decorate Victoria Station McDonalds for the banquet and host it there. They are fine for moody toddlers parties - and we know he likes the food.— Melanie Hoskin (@MelanieHoskin) April 23, 2019
You shame us— Marc Limon (@marc_limon) April 23, 2019
Sorry but this man is not worthy of such an honour. He is a man who lies and who has no respect for the oath of office he took. He decries a free press and cosies up to dictators. Disgusted by this— nippysweetie (@mtfhayes) April 23, 2019
The announcement also got strong reactions from the president’s American critics.
Keep him, don't send him back lol.— ChadM (@SpiritDetektive) April 23, 2019
As an American, you have my sincerest apologies for the behavior he will display. He doesn't reflect our values.— Marge Schrempf (@SchrempfMarge) April 23, 2019
Please. To the Tower.— bellatrixr 🌊 who disobeys Trump (@bellatrixr) April 23, 2019
As one Twitter commenter pointed out, Trump’s previous visit with the queen saw him breaking etiquette by blocking her path.
It’s unclear if the rest of the royal family — including American-born Meghan Markle, who will be a new mother at the time of the visit — will help welcome the Trumps, as they did in the past with Barack and Michelle Obama. It is likely that British prime minister Theresa May will join in, despite POTUS’s vocal disdain for her Brexit negotiations. Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have also exchanged barbs, and it was Khan who signed off on permission for the “Trump baby” balloon to go up in Parliament Square.
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