- Donald Trump will arrive in the UK on the afternoon of Thursday, July 12, for the start of a four-day visit.
- He will be the guest of honour at a black-tie dinner with 100 business leaders and travel to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen.
- The president will mostly avoid London where large protests against his visit are expected.
- Trump will spend most of his visit in Scotland, where he owns a number of golf courses.
LONDON — UK and US officials have revealed the full details of Donald Trump’s controversial trip to Britain.
Plans for a formal “state visit” by the president were put on hold last year after millions of people threatened to protest against it and the Speaker of the House of Commons effectively banned him from visiting parliament due to his “sexist and racist” views.
Trump will now instead arrive on the afternoon of Thursday July 12, for a more low-key four day visit, almost all of which will take place outside of London.
Plans for the visit include a formal dinner with around 100 business leaders, a military demonstration and the first meeting between the president and the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Here’s everything you need to know about the US president’s trip to the UK.
The balloon won’t be allowed to fly this high over the city – but it will be large.
Trump will fly into the UK on Thursday afternoon at an officially undisclosed airport in the South East. Unusually for a trip of this type, the president will not travel to Downing Street to meet the prime minister once he arrives, but will instead almost entirely avoid the capital.
The reluctance to spend much time in London is is likely due to the large-scale protests that have been planned in the city, including plans approved by London mayor Sadiq Khan, to fly a huge balloon depicting the president as a baby wearing a nappy, above central London.
Asked whether the president was deliberately avoiding the capital, a spokesperson for Theresa May told Business Insider: “We’re looking forwards to making sure the president can see and appreciate the United Kingdom beyond London and the South East.”
Black tie dinner at Blenheim Palace
Once in the UK, Trump and the First Lady will travel to the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a black tie dinner with around 100 leading business figures and UK politicians. Blenheim is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the evening will begin with a military ceremony in the Great Court performed by the bands of the Scotch, Irish and Welsh guards.
The band will play the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace and the National Emblem march before Trump and Melania will sit down with around 100 business leaders from the worlds of financial services, travel, creative sector, food and drink sector, engineering, tech, infrastructure, pharma and defence.
During the dinner the Countess of Wessex’s Orchestra will perform “a series of classic British and American hits” and the Royal regiment of Scotland will “pipe the President out at the end.”
A night at the embassy
After dining in Oxfordshire, Trump will make an overnight visit to the British capital. He will will travel with the First Lady Melania to stay at the US ambassador’s official residence at Winfield House in Regent’s Park. His arrival is expected to be met with huge protests in the capital.
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