Downing Street has rebuffed calls for the upcoming state visit from U.S. President Donald Trump to be cancelled on the grounds it would undo all the work Prime Minister Theresa May did while in Washington. Meanwhile, the petition to ban Trump has reached 1.7 million signatures and Parliament has scheduled a debate on the issue for Monday, February 20.
The Telegraph reported this morning that plans for the visit are still on and logistics being discussed. Per the article:
Diplomats have already begun preparations for a visit designed to reinvigorate the transatlantic special relationship.
Discussions are underway about the president playing a round of golf on the private nine-hole course at Balmoral while the Queen looks on.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also set to be involved as the royal family rolls out the red carpet for the US President and his First Lady.
Mr Trump’s team want to create a photograph opportunity to rival the famous images of President Ronald Reagan horse riding with the Queen at Windsor Castle when he visited in the 1982.
Other plans include a personal tour of the Churchill War Rooms from Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and dinner at Blenheim Palace, where Sir Winston was born.
If the Queen were to agree it would make a break in protocol because the Queen traditionally goes on holiday to her Scottish castle in August.