Trump's dreary winter turns into royal spring

  • On Tuesday, the White House and Buckingham Palace simultaneously announced plans for a long-delayed state visit to London, where Trump will finally be awarded the British ceremonial rituals -- such as a horse parade and royal banquet -- that were first offered to him by Queen Elizabeth more than two years ago.
  • Flattery was British Prime Minister Theresa May's calculation in early 2017 when she arrived to the White House as Trump's first foreign visitor, bringing with her an invitation from the Queen for a royal state visit.
  • A royal source told CNN the stop would include some of a same ceremonial elements that President Barack Obama enjoyed when he was treated to a state visit in 2011, including a formal welcome at Horse Guard's Parade followed by state lunch and dinner the same day at Buckingham Palace.

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