US President Donald Trump will visit Britain on Friday 13th July this year, it was announced on Thursday.

The visit has been in the works for some time following Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to the White House shortly after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. A full-blown state visit had been scheduled last year, but was called off due to widespread public opposition to the President’s domestic and foreign policies.

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It was confirmed by the US Ambassador to Britain, Kim Darroch, on Twitter that Mr Trump would visit on 13th July for a one-day trip. The visit has been offically downgraded to a “working visit” which will take place immediately after a NATO summit in Brussels, though Downing Street insists a state visit invitation “still stands”. There is no schedule in place for a state visit of the likes the UK has given to Saudi Arabia, or even President Obama’s state visit in 2011.

Mr Trump will meet the Queen during his visit, though he will not be given the banquet at Buckingham Palace or the carriage procession up the Mall as would have been the case in a state visit.

Already the announcement has been causing a stir, particularly on the Labour side of government, where MP David Lammy sarcastically tweeted:

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he is “looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend” when the President visits in the summer.