President Donald Trump has been threatening the UK with a state visit for a while now – but, after members of the public began (not so surprisingly) protesting, he reportedly sulkily claimed that he might not be coming at all.
However, while we were sure that Trump was just, well, just trumpeting about nothing, a lot of people seem to think that his trip to visit the royal family in October has been unceremoniously cancelled – by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
During her speech at the opening of Parliament earlier this week, our beloved Queenie revealed many things. She outlined the government’s plans for the next two years, she (possibly) silently told us all we need to know about her thoughts on Brexit (via her hat), and she waxed lyrical about a state visit from the King and Queen of Spain next month.
On the subject of Trump, though, she was suspiciously quiet – leading many political commentators to assume that he absolutely isn’t invited to our shores anymore.
And, of course, there was a tweet from Her Majesty’s not-so-official Twitter account, too:
(We would like to point out that, obviously, we know the above account is run by a comedian and that the Queen doesn’t tweet. Well, she has done – once. But she obviously uses the official @RoyalFamily account to do it).
Naturally, Trump supporters were quick to respond to social media jibes, insisting that Trump “doesn’t want to come to your #RedNation anyway” and that the Prez would “never set foot in England”. Again – bummer.
But that proved to be a little hasty (and more than a little embarrassing) as, a few hours later, a senior Trump administration official explained that of course Trump will be meeting the Queen in the UK very soon.
In fact, he insisted that HRH was not snubbing Trump at all: she had a very good reason for staying mum about the trip.
“She didn’t mention [the visit] because the date is not yet set,” he told CNN. This claim was backed by a spokesperson from Downing Street, who added that there was “no change” on the visit.
“The invitation for the state visit has been extended and it wasn’t mentioned in the speech as no date has been decided upon yet.”
Trump’s visit – announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May shortly after the president’s inauguration – has stoked controversy in Britain, where more than 1.8 million people have signed a petition to cancel the trip for fear that it would “cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen” (we can think of many, many other reasons too).
And London mayor Sadiq Khan is similarly opposed to the visit, insisting: “I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for.”
However, as it seems Trump intends to visit the UK regardless, we might all want to heed the advice of JK Rowling.
That’s right: the Harry Potter author has suggested that protesters force Trump to (metaphorically) eat his own words.
“Rather than crafting placards, I think we should enlarge Trump's London tweets so they're on camera everywhere he goes to ‘show support’,” she said, working on the assumption that he’d have to do a certain amount of backtracking.
She added: “I’d rather he didn’t come, but if he does, I’d like his vile tweets juxtaposed against whatever he’s been coaxed to read off an autocue.”
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