Queen Elizabeth Will Invite Donald Trump to Windsor Castle Next Summer: Report
According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, the Queen will send the invitation for an official visit after the former reality star is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. She will also send him a congratulatory message to mark his inauguration. (The Queen has yet to publicly comment on the U.S. election although British politicians and other world leaders have already offered their congratulations.)
The Queen traditionally issues an invitation for a state visit to the sitting U.S. president once during their four or eight-year term. She has met with every single American president since she assumed the throne in 1952 except for Lyndon B. Johnson.
While presidents sometimes make multiple visits to the U.K. for official state business, a state visit hosted by the Queen can often be a more glittering and glamorous affair — usually complete with a stay at Windsor Castle and a dinner attended by members of the royal family.
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Trump has already met with several international politicians since his surprising election win — including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Nigel Farage, the former leader of Britain’s UKIP party who is often credited with leading the Brexit campaign.
If Trump does visit Windsor Castle it is unclear if Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Kate or Prince Harry would meet with him. Trump came under fire earlier this year when comments he made about the late Princess Diana during appearance on the Howard Stern Show were resurfaced. In one interview that took place weeks after her 1997 death, Trump said that he thought he could have had sex with the royal after her divorce from Charles. In a later interview, he assured Stern that he would have slept with Diana “without even hesitation” even though she was “crazy.”