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Trump visit to Britain left out of Queen's Speech

By AFP

Added 21st June 2017 02:50 PM

It is customary for the monarch to list state visits in the annual speech

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves by car from the Houses of Parliament in London following the State Opening of Parliament. AFP Photo

It is customary for the monarch to list state visits in the annual speech

US President Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain later this year got no mention in Queen Elizabeth II's speech to parliament on Wednesday, raising doubts about whether it will go ahead.

The omission follows media reports that Trump no longer wants to come because of British public opposition to the visit, after a petition to cancel it received more than 1.8 million signatures.

It is customary for the monarch to list state visits in the annual speech, and Elizabeth did mention one such visit coming up next month by Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

But the speech glided over the invitation to Trump, which was widely criticised in Britain as an attempt by Prime Minister Theresa May to curry favour with the president during his first year in office.

British press reports after the speech said the visit was clearly now in jeopardy, but a spokesman for May insisted the invitation had not been revoked.

"The visit wasn't mentioned in the Queen's Speech because a date hasn't been fixed yet," the spokesman said.

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