Queen Elizabeth has met almost every United States President since Dwight Eisenhower, but she won’t be meeting Donald Trump anytime soon.
The President’s long-planned 2018 state visit to England has now been downgraded. It will now, simply, be a “working visit,” far less formal affair.
This means there won’t be much pomp and circumstance when Trump visits the United Kingdom next year. Also, he won’t be getting a chance to visit the Queen, either.
That’s according to the London Evening Standard. But it’s no surprise that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to invite Donald Trump for a state visit postponed amidst the controversy and wide-scale outrage in the country, including protests and threats of boycotts.
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A state visit between the two country’s Heads of State (Trump and the Queen), would have necessitated all sorts of fanfare-like 21 gun salutes, state diners, military bands etc. The US president would also traditionally sleep at Buckingham Palace as the Queen’s guest.
A working visit, on the other hand, includes no such fancies. It doesn’t even technically require a formal invitation. Trump will most likely meet with May, and the visit will be part of a trip to many European countries. Though, he is expected to cut the ribbon of the new U.S. embassy in London.
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Queen Elizabeth has met with almost every single president since Eisenhower, with the exception of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson didn’t really travel much in comparison to most other U.S. presidents.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle first met the queen just months into his term, at a reception ahead of a G20 summit that was held in London. It was the first of Obama’s four trips to England over his two terms. While only one was an official state visit, Obama did meet the Queen on all four occasions.
Though, there has been at least one meeting between the House of Windsor and the House of Trump so far. First lady Melania Trump met Prince Harry in Canada last month at the opening of the Invictus Games.