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Controversial US president Trump arrives in UK for a three day state visit

The First Lady stepping off Air Force One. (PHOTO/Agency)

LONDON – Donald Trump has Monday June 3 arrived in the UK for a three day state visit as Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

In a televised event by BBC, Air Force one has touched down in the United Kingdom for the delayed state visit by Trump.

He will according to BBC spend three days in the UK along with first lady Melania Trump.

After leaving his plane he spoke with dignitaries on the tarmac before heading over to his helicopter to whisk him to the US Ambassador’s residence in Regents Park.

What exactly is a state visit?

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was one of the first to greet the president when he stepped off the plane a few minutes ago. (PHOTO/Agency)

BCC reports that it’s a formal trip to the UK by a head of state and is normally at the invitation of the Queen, who acts on advice from the government.

Although they’re grand occasions, they’re not just ceremonial affairs – they’re also used by the government to further what it sees as Britain’s national interests.

The Queen usually receives one or two heads of state per year and has hosted 112 of these visits since becoming monarch in 1952.

Mr Trump will only be the third US president to make a state visit to the UK, but the Queen has met almost all the US presidents in office during that time, either in the UK or in the US.

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