President-elect Donald Trump and wife Melania have reportedly been invited to Windsor Castle by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
The Sunday Times reports that the Queen plans to extend a formal invitation “once he is sworn in as president on January 20.” The trip is reportedly tentatively scheduled for summer 2017 and would be one of the business mogul’s first foreign trips as the U.S. President.
“Discussions between British officials and Trump’s team are expected to begin soon to ensure that a date can be agreed for June or July next year,” the report claims. “The Queen will also send an official congratulatory message to the president to mark the inauguration.”
According to US Weekly, the paper reports that the British government plans to use the Queen as a “secret weapon” when it comes to creating ties with the President-elect. The government reportedly plans to use Trump’s visit “to secure a post-Brexit free trade deal with the United States and to make an early effort to shape his thinking on NATO, Syria and other foreign affairs issues.”