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00:30  04 june  2019
00:30  04 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June Mrs May said June's state visit was an "opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said Mr Trump avoided London on his last visit and made

A state visit involves more pomp and pageantry , and the host country pays the costs. An invitation was extended after Trump took office but was delayed for a number of reasons, including security. FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with Britain's Queen Elizabeth on

Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth hailed the bonds between the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday after the U.S. president was feted with a day of pomp designed to bolster an alliance strained by discord over Brexit and China.

Trump's interventions into Britain's political crisis over Brexit had threatened to overshadow his state visit to London but instead the president appeared to relish the royal red carpet that his hosts laid on for him and wife Melania.

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US President Donald Trump weighed in on Brexit and the conservative leadership contest on the eve of his state visit to As the UK prepares for Donald Trump 's three-day state visit starting Monday, the This visit will have more pageantry than the US president's last trip to the United Kingdom in

The three-day trip was cast as a chance to celebrate Britain's "special relationship" with the United States, boost trade links in a post-Brexit world and reaffirm security cooperation ahead of the 75th anniversary of the allied D-Day landings in World War Two.

"The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade," Trump said in a speech at the lavish banquet in his honour at Buckingham Palace.

"As we honour our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into the future; freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reference for the rights given to us by almighty God."

While the proudly unpredictable 45th U.S. president lavished praise on the 93-year-old queen, his views on Britain's exit from the European Union, on the possible successor to Theresa May as British prime minister and a row over China's Huawei have cast a pall over the visit.

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Donald Trump is making a much-delayed state visit to Britain this week. Over three days the US State visits are primarily royal affairs, with the emphasis as much on ceremony as politics. The president has no incentive to mess things up - he clearly likes the pomp and pageantry of royalty

Even as he flew into the British capital, he reignited a feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who had written on Sunday that Britain should not be rolling out the red carpet for Trump - describing the mayor as a "stone cold loser".

The state visit was promised by Prime Minister May back in January 2017 when she became the first foreign leader to meet Trump after he took office.

The first day of such a visit is customarily taken up with a series of royal engagements and ceremonies.

At Buckingham Palace, Melania - in an elegant, white below-the-knee Dolce & Gabbana dress with navy blue collar and belt and a custom hat by Herve Pierre - stood alongside the queen and Charles's wife Camilla, while Charles and the president inspected the guard.

After lunch with Elizabeth and other senior royals, the queen gave the Trumps a guided tour of artefacts of American historical interest from the royal collection. She also showed him some of her family's golfing memorabilia in a nod to the president who owns two Scottish golf courses.

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US President Donald Trump is not interested in addressing Parliament during his state visit to the UK , and instead wants to focus on the pomp and ceremony Britain affords foreign leaders, government However, it’s understood that he does want “high visibility visits with key members of the Royal family.”

US president’s lavish state visit ‘downgraded to routine 2018 work tour’. Published time: 11 Oct, 2017 14:02 Edited time: 12 Oct, 2017 13:58. Thinking she would be stealing a march on other world leaders, Theresa May offered Donald Trump a full UK state visit last January, with all the pomp and

The queen's second son Prince Andrew then accompanied him to Westminster Abbey, coronation church of English monarchs for 1,000 years where he laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, before tea with Prince Charles at his home, Clarence House.

The day culminated with the opulent formal dinner, where men wear white tie coats with tails and women evening gowns.

Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK © Jeff Gilbert/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump, his wife First Lady Melania, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Britain's Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain June 3, 2019.

COMMON VALUES

"Mr President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us," the queen said.

"Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come."

In response, Trump heralded the British monarch, saying she "embodied the spirit of dignity, duty and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart".

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Donald Trump 's state visit : Your ultimate guide. State visits are predominantly royal affairs, more ceremonial than political. Mr Trump will love the pomp and pageantry and Both sides want this visit to work. Britain is in the middle of an extremely delicate moment and the government knows it needs

Away from the pageantry, Trump has already waded into Britain's turbulent domestic politics, where more than a dozen candidates are vying to replace May, who announced last month she was quitting after failing to get her EU divorce deal through parliament.

Before the trip, he praised May's Brexit-supporting rival, former foreign minister Boris Johnson, saying he would be a "great" potential prime minister and also called for arch-Brexiteer Nigel Farage, a scourge of May's ruling Conservative Party, to conduct talks with the EU.

Trump, who has regularly criticised May's Brexit tactics, said Britain must leave the bloc on the due date of Oct. 31 with or without a deal.

"The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong," he wrote on Twitter during his visit on Monday. "Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once UK gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!"

Brexit is the most significant geopolitical move for the United Kingdom since World War Two and if it ever happens then London will be more reliant on the United States as ties loosen with the other 27 members of the EU.

HUAWEI TENSIONS

Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK © Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS Britain's Queen Elizabeth and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain June 3, 2019. At a meeting with May on Tuesday, Trump will also warn Britain that security cooperation, a cornerstone of the Western intelligence network, could be hurt if London allows China's Huawei a role in building parts of the 5G network, the next generation of cellular technology.

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Donald Trump will land in the UK on Monday amid anger over comments made by his ambassador suggesting the NHS should be “on the table” in future trade negotiations. His visit also came as cabinet ministers vying for the Tory leadership suggested they could tear up plans for the Chinese tech giant

The Trump administration has told allies not to use its 5G technology and equipment because of fears it would allow China to spy on sensitive communications and data. Huawei denies it is, or could be, a vehicle for Chinese intelligence.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Britain last month it needed to change its attitude towards China and Huawei, casting the world's second largest economy as a threat to the West similar to that once posed by the Soviet Union.

Britain's relationship with the United States is an enduring alliance, but some British voters see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on issues ranging from global warming to his treatment of women.

Hundreds of thousands protested against him during a trip last year and a blimp depicting Trump as a snarling, nappy-clad baby will fly outside Britain's parliament during the visit.

Other protesters plan a "carnival of resistance" in central London and Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party who declined an invitation to attend the state banquet, will speak at the demonstration.

"Haven't seen any protests yet, but I'm sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them," Trump wrote on Twitter.

The second day of Trump's trip will focus on politics, including a breakfast with business leaders, talks with May in 10 Downing Street, a news conference and a dinner at the U.S. ambassador's residence.

Pictures: US President Donald Trump visits the UK

Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK
Donald Trump lavished with royal pomp and pageantry on state visit to UK

(Additional reporting by Kate Holton, Andrew MacAskill, Alistair Smout, Kylie MacLellan and William Schomberg; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; Editing by Jon Boyle, Gareth Jones and Catherine Evans)

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