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Trump state visit leads notable omissions from Queen's Speech

Donald Trump's proposed state visit didn't make the Queen's Speech. Credit: PA

Donald Trump's proposed state visit was among the biggest omissions from this year's Queen's Speech setting out the government agenda.

As expected, a number of controversial Conservative manifesto policies were also scrapped from the speech delivered by Her Majesty.

  • What has been dropped from the speech?
A plan to scrap universal free school lunches is no longer on the government agenda. Credit: PA

A Conservative plan to scrap universal free school lunches, replacing them with a free school breakfast, was among the policies to go.

Means-testing of the winter fuel payment and the controversial "dementia tax", where the Government planned to make elderly people pay for their own social care, did not make the Speech either.

And a proposed energy price cap was also removed.

  • What about the Trump state visit?
The Queen's Speech normally mentions planned state visits. Credit: EBU

The Queen's Speech, which sets out the Government's vision for the next two years, normally mentions planned state visits.

However, the 2017 edition failed to mention a Trump state visit, and only referenced Spanish King Felipe's and Queen Letizia's trip to the UK in July.

  • Is it confirmation Trump has pulled out?
A number of Conservative policies were left out of the Queen's Speech. Credit: EBU

It remains unclear. Mr Trump reportedly indicated he is unwilling to visit the UK if he is likely to face protests but this was later denied by the White House, while Downing Street has refused to comment.

The omission of Mr Trump from the speech is just one in a series of embarrassments for Mrs May, who invited the US leader to the UK earlier this year - something that was with fierce opposition.

  • So is it no longer happening?
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the visit is not in doubt. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson later said Mr Trump's visit will go ahead with the date still to be agreed.

"You can't put the presidential visit in before the date has been agreed," he told Sky News. "That's where we are, but the visit will go ahead, believe you me."

Number 10 also insisted the invitation to the president remains unchanged.

At the time, the decision to accord a controversial president the honour of a state visit so soon after taking office was widely criticised.

His frequent clashes with London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also failed to warm sentiment towards the US leader.

A Number 10 spokesman clarified: "The visit wasn't mentioned in the Queen's Speech because a date hasn't been fixed yet."

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