Buckingham Palace announces Donald Trump state visit in June, protests already planned

Buckingham Palace has just confirmed a state visit from the US president between June 3 and June 4.

Donald and Melania Trump last met the Queen on a visit to the UK in July 2018 amid large public protests.

As well as visiting the Queen who hosts state visits, Donald Trump is to meet the Prime Minister at Chequers and travel to his Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland.

Trump’s visit last year was greeted by hundreds of thousands of protestors in London – as well as a giant inflatable baby Trump blimp – , demonstrations in Edinburgh and interrupting a round of golf at his Turnberry resort.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council estimated that 10,000 police officers were mobilised for the visit and the operation cost nearly £18 million.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow had insisted at the time that he would be “strongly opposed” Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during a state visit, and other MPs criticised the President’s racist platform.

This will be the Queen’s 110th state visit. They usually include a state banquet, and can include a procession on the mall with the sort of golden carriage that Trump would approve of, and sometimes a speech to parliament, though the speaker can veto this.

A spokesperson for the Speaker’s Office said a request to address Parliament would be “considered in the usual way”, but did not say whether a request had yet been received.

There is already a Facebook page planning protests to Trump’s visit, promising:

“Last year, a quarter of a million mobilised to say no to Trump’s politics of hate and division. This time, we will take to the streets in even bigger numbers – to fight for migrant and refugee rights, for women’s rights, against the corporate elites and for the future of our planet.

“This demonstration isn’t just about Trump as one man. He is a symbol of the new far right, a politics of islamophobia and anti-semitism, of war and conflict, and walls and fences that are growing around the world.”

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