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Queen set to invite Donald Trump for state visit to the Palace

Royal engagement:
Donald and Melania
Trump met the Queen
in Windsor last year PICTURE: PA

THE Queen is expected to invite US president Donald Trump for a state visit in June, Whitehall sources have said.

Downing Street and the White House are likely to make an announcement within days.

It comes after a rare meeting between the Queen and US ambassador Woody Johnson — a businessman and personal friend of Mr Trump — thought to have taken place at Winfield House, in London’s Regent’s Park, last month.

Mr Trump previously came to the UK for two days last July, when he dined with Theresa May and met the Queen at Windsor Castle. The visit was met with large-scale protests in London.

A state visit would be a different affair, beginning with a welcome from Her Majesty at Horse Guards Parade and an inspection of the Guard of Honour, before a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and a state banquet in the ballroom. The president would then meet the prime minister, Theresa May, and government ministers, and potentially the Lord Mayor and business leaders.

Mr Trump and first lady Melania were first invited for a state visit just weeks after entering the White House but pulled out amid protest fears.

A second plan for him to open the new US Embassy in London last February was also abandoned.

Buckingham Palace has not officially revealed details of the dinner between the Queen and the US ambassador, calling it a private engagement.