If Donald Trump thought his hagiography of Queen Elizabeth was published on his Truth Social website and the Daily Mail in the days after her death would secure him an invitation to her funeral, he will be disappointed.
Because it has become known that Trump, who is said to have fished for an invitation, will not receive an invitation to the Queen’s funeral on Monday next week in London.
Deviating from tradition, former US Presidents are not invited to the funeral. Instead, apparently due to space constraints, the honor is bestowed only on current heads of state and their spouses or partners.
The revelations were made in a report by the website politicsbased on documents they have seen which have been distributed to embassies and ambassadors as long-held arrangements for the Queen’s death, codenamed Operation London Bridge.
That Times of London reported: “Questions have been raised in the US about whether Donald Trump will be invited, but British sources have dismissed the idea that he could accompany the US delegation, saying there would be no place for Biden’s predecessor.”
CBS News reported Monday that President Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden would be the only official US representative at the funeral. “There will be no delegation because we only have two places for the funeral,” said a senior official said Ed O’Keefe, senior white house and CBS political correspondent.
Before Trump was snubbed, advisers hoped President Biden’s delegation would invite Trump.
“Biden should involve Trump the Obama way [was] including Mandela,” a senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast, referring to how world leaders were invited to the former South African president’s funeral. “No brainer.”
The same Trump adviser added that the former president has “deep respect,” “admiration” and “fascination” for the queen.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment Monday morning.
UK Foreign Office guidelines state: “Due to the limited space available at the State Funeral Service and associated events, no other members of the Headmaster’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted.”
Trump was seen as a clear impetus for an invite by some, writing on Truth Social that meeting the Queen was “the most extraordinary honor of my life.”
“May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts and may God keep her and Prince Philip in the constant care of her,” Trump added after the death.
On Friday night, the former president posted a series of nine photos of the two together on Truth Social, mostly from his trip while in office.
Trump has frequently bragged about his relationship with the Queen, saying that they “got on fantastically well” when they met when he was president, and that a planned 15-minute meeting grew organically to an hour due to the quality of their face-to-face interaction extended.
That Times of London reports that the White House caught the palace “off guard” when Biden told reporters about his plan to attend the event and that “Australia and New Zealand are engaging in soft diplomacy to bring Pacific leaders to London for the funeral.”
Foreign dignitaries have also been asked to fly into the UK commercially to avoid the use of helicopters and have been told they must use a shuttle bus rather than their state cars to get to the venue, Westminster Abbey.
“Multiple and comprehensive layers of security will be in place across London and all official locations used for the State Funeral and related events,” an official document said.
Politico quoted a WhatsApp message from a London-based foreign ambassador as saying, “Can you picture Joe Biden on the bus?”
In response, on Monday, as headlines mushroomed, the UK and US governments attempted to counter the “Biden on the Bus” narrative. That said a spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Liz Truss Guardian that “arrangements will be different for different leaders,” and the newspaper said US sources said the White House received a different version of the document than the one that was leaked.