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US President Donald Trump to visit UK in June

Mr Trump and his wife are welcomed by the Queen to Windsor Castle (Chris Jackson/PA)
Mr Trump and his wife are welcomed by the Queen to Windsor Castle (Chris Jackson/PA)

US President Donald Trump is to make a state visit to the UK in June, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The long-awaited state visit comes more than two years after Prime Minister Theresa May offered the invitation to the US leader just days into his presidency, when they met for the first time at the White House in January 2017.

He will visit from Monday June 3 to Wednesday June 5.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania will then travel to Normandy on June 6.

The US President will  hold a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May during the visit, and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the President had accepted an invitation to visit.

"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 United Kingdom from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June 2019," the statement read.

A White House spokesman said that the visit "will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom."

"In addition to meeting the Queen, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May," the spokesman said.

"While in the United Kingdom, the President and First Lady will attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, at one of the primary embarkation sites for the Allied operation that led to the liberation of Europe during World War II."

Donald Trump met the Queen at Windsor (Matt Dunham/PA)
Donald Trump met the Queen at Windsor (Matt Dunham/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the US and UK have a "deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests".

"We do more together than any two nations in the world and we are both safer and more prosperous because of our cooperation," Mrs May said.

"The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead."

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