Donald Trump invited to the Queen’s American memorial service instead of funeral

Donald Trump invited to the Queen’s American memorial service instead of funeral

Former President Donald Trump (right) is invited to Queen Elizabeth II's memorial service in Washington, DC

Former President Donald Trump (right) is invited to Queen Elizabeth II’s memorial service in Washington, DC (Photos: AP/Getty Images/PA)

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly been invited to a memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II in the United States, after being left off the guest list for her funeral in the United Kingdom.

Invitations to Trump and the other living former US presidents – Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter – and their wives were sent on Thursday, according to The Telegraph.

The event is being called a Thanksgiving service for the life of her late majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the newspaper reported. It will be held on Wednesday, two days after the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey to which only President Joe Biden has been invited.

Trump and other former US presidents were excluded from the Queen’s funeral, and an American delegation is not allowed due to the high number of dignitaries expected to attend from around the world.

President Donald Trump said he and his wife Melania Trump 'will always cherish our time with the Queen'

President Donald Trump said he and his wife Melania Trump ‘will always cherish our time with the Queen’ (Image: AP)

The Queen’s Color Squadron will perform a guard of honor and the music will represent four parts of the Union, according to The Telegraph. The Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, the Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, will preside over the ceremony.

Both the National Cathedral and the Church of England are part of the Anglican Communion.

The National Cathedral has been the site of state funerals for four former US presidents: George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Dwight D Eisenhower. It is expected to hold its capacity of around 1,700 people for the Queen’s memorial.

Dame Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to Washington, and her husband Sir Charles Roxburgh sent the invitations to high-level US officials, a former finance minister told The Telegraph.

President Joe Biden and his wife are the US officials invited to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in Great Britain

President Joe Biden and his wife are the US officials invited to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in the UK (Image: Getty Images)

Biden accepted the invitation to the Queen’s funeral earlier this week.

“The invitation was extended to the US government only for the president and first lady,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Biden on Monday will reportedly have an entourage of 400 special agents, making him the Queen’s most protected mourner. He is apparently set to ride in his armored Cadillac instead of a bus that other world leaders will share.

President Joe Biden travels in the presidential limousine, known as The Beast, in Washington, DC

President Joe Biden travels in the presidential limousine, known as The Beast, in Washington, DC (Image: Reuters)

Trump, who traveled to Britain for a state visit with the Queen in 2019, mourned her death and praised her.

Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Along with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of Great Britain at this time of great grief and sorrow,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

Melania and I will always cherish our time with the Queen and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humour. What a magnificent and beautiful lady she was – there was no one like her!

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