President Trump has been royally snubbed.
The United Kingdom has downgraded Trump’s planned state visit next year to a mere “working visit” — where he will not stay with Queen Elizabeth II or be welcomed with a state banquet, according to a report on Wednesday.
The change of plans comes after months of tensions between Trump and some British political leaders, which led to calls for boycotts and protests if the President traveled across the pond.
Since taking office, Trump has had a standing invitation for a state visit to the U.K., which, according to custom, would have included an audience with the Queen, a lavish banquet and a parade of soldiers near Buckingham Palace.
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A working visit would include none of those things. It will likely be a shorter and much less glamorous visit that will be part of a larger tour of several countries, according to the London Evening Standard.
The trip is expected in early 2018, after numerous delays, but a date has still not been set.
Thousands of people protested Trump’s expected appearance in February, calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to revoke the invite.
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Those protests reemerged in June after Trump on Twitter lambasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan — the city’s first Muslim leader — for his reaction to a terror attack on the London Bridge. Khan and several members of Parliament joined the calls for Trump to be kept out.
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Trump roiled the Brits again after tweeting unfounded speculation about the suspect in another London attack in September.
May repeatedly said there were no plans to meddle with Trump’s state visit. She defended her relationship with Trump, even after admitting his terror tweets were “not helpful.”
It’s unclear what ultimately led to the change.
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