President Trump Joins Queen Elizabeth for a State Visit to the U.K.

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Earlier this morning, American President Donald Trump arrived at Stansted Airport, the first stop on his state visit to the United Kingdom. Here's everything you need to know about the trip.

Both the White House and Buckingham Palace confirmed the state visit in April.

"The President of the United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June 2019," reads a statement released by Buckingham Palace on April 23.

The White House released a similar statement, saying the trip "will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The statement also incorrectly referred to the Queen as "Her Royal Majesty."

The President and FLOTUS will not be staying at Buckingham Palace.

As there are ongoing renovations happening at the Palace, they are staying elsewhere. More on why he won't be staying there, right here.

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The trip almost coincides with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

On the third day of the visit, Trump will travel to Portsmouth for an event which will commemorate the anniversary.

The itinerary for the trip also includes a banquet at Buckingham Palace as well as a tea at Clarence House.

Over the course of the three-day visit, the U.S. president will attend a banquet at Buckingham Palace, a tea at Clarence House, and will visit with the Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street.

It has also been reported that during his time in the U.K. Trump will meet with not only the Queen, but also Prince Charles, Camilla, and Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also attend the banquet, but the Duchess of Sussex will not meet with president, as she is still on maternity leave.

See a full schedule for the first day right here:

This will mark Trump's second meeting with the Queen over the course of his presidency.

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In July of 2018, Trump traveled to Windsor Castle to have tea with the Queen and to take in a military parade, but that engagement was considered a working visit and not an official state visit.

During his trip, Trump also toured Winston Churchill's birthplace Blenheim Palace, and visited Chequers, Theresa May's official country home, but his time in the U.K. was also notable for the number of local protests it inspired.

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At this point, it's unclear if his return will once again prompt widespread demonstrations, but he's likely looking forward to the visit as he is an admirer of the British monarch.

"I think she represents her country so well," Trump said in an interview ahead of their meeting last year.

"If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman."

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