US President Donald Trump to make State Visit to the UK in June
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US President Donald Trump to make State Visit to the UK in June

US President Donald Trump will make an official three-day State Visit to the UK this summer, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Mr Trump will travel to Britain on June 3 and stay until June 5 during a trip which will see him officially hosted by the Queen.

He will stay at either Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace itself during the State Visit as is usual on such occasions.

In a statement, the palace said: "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.

"The visit will take place from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June this year.

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"President Trump and Mrs Trump previously joined The Queen for tea at Windsor Castle in July 2018."

The US President's last visit alongside wife Melania was marked by several demonstrations in London and elsewhere in the UK, the largest of which saw a blimp depicting Mr Trump as an orange baby hovered above Parliament Square.

The American leader also held talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers during that two-day working visit, before heading to Scotland – the birth country of his mother Mary Anne MacLeod and the site of his Turnberry golf course.

In her own statement after today's announcement, Mrs May said: "The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests.

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

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Mr Trump will hold a meeting with Mrs May at Downing Street during his upcoming trip, which will coincide with events to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.

A White House spokesman said: "This state 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.

"While in the UK, 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."

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On June 5, Mr Trump and other representatives of the Second World War Allies – along with Germany – are expected to attend a major international event in Portsmouth to mark the historic anniversary.

The gathering on Southsea Common will involve live performances, military displays and tributes to the Allied troops who fought in Normandy – including a flypast of 26 RAF aircraft and at least 11 Royal Navy vessels in the Solent.

On June 6, Mrs May will travel to Normandy to attend a number of commemorative events including the inauguration of the British Normandy memorial in Ver-Sur-Mer.