Donald Trump is expected to meet the Queen when he makes his long-awaited visit to the UK on Friday July 13, according to reports.
Image shows anti-Trump protesters outside the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London (PA)
The US president has been warned to expect protests during the controversial trip, which will be a “working visit” rather than a full-blown state occasion.
One element of contention is whether he will meet the Queen, an occasion usually associated with state visits.
Full details of the trip are yet to be announced, although various media reports have said Mr Trump will meet the Queen.
Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral have been tipped as locations for the royal encounter.
Meanwhile the visit will provide Theresa May with an opportunity to highlight the importance of the “special relationship” between the UK and US – and push for the prize of a trade deal after Brexit.
Great bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, affirming the special relationship and our commitment to work together on key national security challenges and economic opportunities. #WEF18 pic.twitter.com/FPP8aRDAyt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2018
But the outspoken and unpredictable president will face mass protests from critics of his policies and behaviour.
In a sign of the difficulties in dealing with the Trump White House, Number 10 had hoped to co-ordinate releasing details of the trip, but the president’s press secretary Sarah Sanders slipped out the information first during a “take your child to work day” event.
The Prime Minister said: “I am looking forward to welcoming President Trump to the United Kingdom for a working visit on July 13.”
Downing Street said further details of the visit will be set out “in due course”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has clashed with the president over the response to a terror attack in the capital, said: “(Mr Trump will) … no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”
If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 26, 2018
Even supporters of Mr Trump’s visit have urged him to stay away from London in an effort to avoid mass demonstrations.