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Donald Trump to have lunch with the Queen during state visit

The president will also attend D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth.

The Queen with Donald Trump (Chris Jackson/PA)
The Queen with Donald Trump (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Queen will host US president Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace during his state visit to the UK in June.

The American head of state, and his wife Melania, will have a private lunch with the Queen when he arrives in Britain on Monday June 3.

The US president will also have tea with the the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, and visit Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May during the stay.

Mr Trump’s first trip to the UK as president sparked controversy last year and critics have said he should not have been given the honour of an official state visit.

The president arrives on June 3 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Queen, Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, will officially welcome Mr Trump, and his wife to Buckingham Palace on the first day of his visit.

Accompanied by Charles, the US president will inspect a guard of honour at Buckingham Palace and royal gun salutes will be fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London in the capital.

After lunch, the Queen will invite the Trumps to view a special exhibition in the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace which will showcase items of historical significance to the United States from the royal collection.

Afterwards, the US president and his wife, accompanied by the Duke of York, will visit Westminster Abbey, where Mr Trump will lay a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior.

The grave of the unknown warrior (John Stillwell/PA)

The president and first lady will then have a short tour of Westminster Abbey.

This will be followed by tea at Clarence House with Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

That evening the Queen will give a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for the president at which both heads of state will make speeches.

On Tuesday June 4, Mrs May and the US president will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by the Duke of York, at St James’s Palace.

The US president will then visit Downing Street to hold talks with the Prime Minister.

Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (Chris Jackson/PA)

The PM and president will then hold a joint press conference in Downing Street.

That evening the Trumps will host a return dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the US ambassador, which Charles and Camilla will attend on behalf of the Queen.

On Wednesday June 5, the Queen and Charles will attend the national commemorative event for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.

More than 300 Day veterans will be at the ceremony which aims to tell the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and military displays, including a fly-past of 25 modern and historical aircraft.

The Queen will then formally bid farewell to the Trumps in Portsmouth.

The visit comes after Mrs May announced that she would resign as Tory leader on June 7.



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