We didn’t get the Duchesses of Cambridge or Sussex at Wimbledon today, but we did get an update on what’s going to go down next weekend when U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for an “official” (not “state”) visit. Based on what’s been shared, while Trump will meet the Queen, it’s a safe bet he won’t be interacting with any other members of the British Royal Family. At least, that’s the way it’s looking as of today.
Trump is due to arrive in England late in the day, Thursday, July 12, flying in from Brussels. He’ll travel to Blenheim Palace, a non-royal (though very historical) residence in Oxford with ties to the Churchill family, for a black tie dinner with business leaders. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is due to play as he’s leaving the event later in the evening.
The next day, Trump will travel to Chequers, Prime Minister Theresa May’s country residence, for meetings, before traveling to Windsor Castle where he will be granted an audience with the Queen.
The itinerary purposefully keeps him out of London (with the exception of Thursday night when he is at the American Ambassador’s residence) where a series of protests are planned, including the presence of a controversial baby Trump blimp…Google it.
Anyway, while it’s a possibility that one of her sons or grandsons may accompany her at Windsor for the meeting, I’m going to assume that they’re going to steer clear of having it be either the Duke of Cambridge or the Duke of Sussex – and while the Prince of Wales makes a certain amount of sense in normal circumstance, this feels like a meeting to avoid given the tension around the trip and Trump’s prior remarks about the late Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Naturally, we’ll cover the trip here – quite likely that Friday. Tomorrow we’ll cover off on Holyrood Week and some other odds and ends.