The Queen's Speech Didn't Mention A State Visit To The UK By Donald Trump



A state visit to the UK for US president Donald Trump was not included in the Queen's speech at the state opening of parliament in London on Wednesday, even though Downing Street had said the invitation still stood.

During her speech in the House of Lords, the Queen sets out a list of intended visits by overseas heads of state over the course of the next parliament.

The announcement of a state visit by the King and Queen of Spain was included in the speech, but there was no mention of Trump, all but confirming that the previously announced state visit by the US president will not go ahead.
Earlier this year on a trip to Washington DC to meet then-president elect Trump, British prime minister Theresa May said that the palace would extend an invitation to Trump and his family to visit the UK.

News of Trump's imminent arrival in London sparked massive protests, and the trip was subsequently postponed and rearranged as a visit to the Queen's Scotland residence, Balmoral.

But after Trump launched a verbal attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the London Bridge attacks, there were numerous calls for Trump's invite to be revoked.

Shortly after Trump said he didn't want to come if he was likely to be greeted by public protest.

But Downing Street insisted that as far as they were concerned, the invite still stood.

Following today's Queen's speech, however, from which Trump's visit was conspicuously absent, it would appear that the state visit is not likely to go ahead, at least during this parliament – will last two years rather than one, a rare change to allow for Brexit negotiations to take place.

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