Donald Trump first visited Britain as a president back in 2018 and although it was a working visit, he didn’t receive an invitation on the behalf of the Queen to meet her.
The visit caused a stir. A huge number of Britons, around 250,000 according to reports, were against Trump coming to Britain and protested on the streets of the country.
As things got heated, then Prime Minister Theresa May decided to change the location of the meeting with Trump.
What’s most, an invitation wasn’t extended to him by The House of Commons to visit the parliament and address it. Previously, presidents Bil Clinton and Barack Obama did receive such invitations.
The most embarrassing moment for Trump was the giant balloon that depicted him as a pouting baby in a diaper holding a phone in his small hands. Reports were that the major of London was the one to allow protesters to fly the humiliating baloon.
This made Trump angry, so he addressed the major, Sadiq Khan, and referred to him as of a “stone cold loser.”
Speaking to The Sum, Trump was reported to have said, “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London. I used to love London as a city …But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”
In the year that followed, Trump visited Britain once again, but this time, he got to have some tea together with the Queen. At the time of his visit, officials of the United States of America asked Trump to spend a night at the Buckingham Palace, but he was denied the wish because the place was renovating at the time.
Knowing about this entire exchange, the British ambassador in Washington warned the Home Office about how “inept” and “incompetent” the President was. When these cables were leaked to the media, Trump was upset and demanded the diplomat’s recall back to the United States. As a result, the ambassador did lose his job in Washington D.C.
The following day, Trump, alongside his family, was invited to a banquet at Buckingham Palace. In his speech, he referred to the Queen as to “a great, great woman,” as he awkwardly put his hand on her back, breaking royal protocol.
Later in an interview, Trump told Business Insider of his banquet with the Queen, “I have such a great relationship [with the Queen], and we were laughing and having fun. And her people said she hasn’t had so much fun in 25 years. Then I got criticized for it because they said we were having too much fun… I feel I know her so well and she certainly knows me very well right now, but we have a very good relationship with the United Kingdom.”
However, no matter the so-called relationship with the Queen that Trump believed was obvious and existed, he did not receive an invitation to attend the funeral. Other former presidents such as Obama, Clinton and Bush weren’t invited either.
Instead, these men received invites from the British Government to attend a vigil in Washington DC. “We are following convention as you’d expect and have invited all former Presidents as well as President and Dr. Biden and other members of the Administration,’ a British embassy spokesperson said to the media, according to the Daily Mail.
This decision has been made because the capacity of Westminster Abbey is 2200.
The former Presidents were extended invitations to a special service of thanksgiving at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday. The invite described the event as a ‘Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
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