President-elect Donald Trump will receive an invitation from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for an official visit, reports said. Senior officials from the United Kingdom are planning for a potential meeting as early as next year.
The report in the Sunday Times newspaper citing two ministers and a senior official close to Downing Street said the meeting may be scheduled for June or July next year.
“The government has decided that their secret weapon to get in with Trump is to offer him an early visit to the Queen, him and [his wife] Melania staying at Windsor Castle,” a source told the newspaper.
When speaking to the U.K.’s Prime Minister Theresa May earlier, who called to congratulate Trump on his win, the real estate mogul reportedly admitted that his late mother -- who was of Scottish descent -- was a “big fan” of the British monarch. Trump also invited May to visit the U.S. as soon as possible.
An official visit from the president-elect could cement U.K.-U.S. ties as the U.K. is working on exiting the European Union. The meeting, British officials hope, would reinforce the “special relationship” between the two countries. It will also curb rumors that British politician Nigel Farage has better ties to the real estate mogul than the prime minister.
“The Queen is the key here. She’s not a secret weapon, she’s the biggest public weapon you have. Nigel Farage can’t get [Trump] in front of the Queen,” another source added.
A spokesman for the prime minister’s office reportedly said: “No visit has been organized but the prime minister is looking forward to welcoming the president-elect to the U.K. when he chooses to visit.”
Meanwhile, a Buckingham Palace official said, “State visits and other meetings with overseas heads of state are organized on the advice of the Government.”
Trump will be formally invited to visit the country after his inauguration on Jan. 20.