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As President Donald Trump begins a visit to England that will feature a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May and tea with the Queen, his wife, Melania, will spend time in the capital, London — a place her husband has reportedly taken pains to avoid.
Amid mass protests against the president’s visit, President Trump’s itinerary features a relatively short stay in London, with a lavish black-tie dinner to be held for him at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday night. A press conference with May will be held at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, on Friday, rather than at 10 Downing Street.
But while Trump’s Friday morning plans involve a visit to a military site with May, followed by their joint press conference at Chequers, the first lady is expected to remain in London, in the company of May’s husband, Philip.
“He’s looking forward to meeting Melania,” May said of her husband, The Sunday Times reported. “He has been out and bought a new suit.”
Melania Trump’s Friday morning plans will differ greatly from her husband’s, since she will be meeting members of the public; something the president will not be doing during his time in the UK.
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A Downing Street spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “On Friday she is going to have a separate program in London, and because it’s in London I’m not able to share the location but she plans to meet veterans and local schoolchildren.”
It is during the meeting with schoolchildren that the first lady is expected to tout her “Be Best” campaign, which touches on cyber bullying.
“In London, one of her solo events will be tied to Be Best, but it is not the focus of the visit,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to Bustle.
The first lady’s day won’t be spent entirely apart from her husband, as she and Trump are set to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, where they will take tea with the royal after watching a military parade.
She will also enjoy a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening.
Melania Trump’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.