The Daily Telegraph

Trump invited to memorial service in Washington after being left off the US guest list

- By Rozina Sabur Washington editor

THE Government has invited Donald Trump to a memorial service in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in Washington DC after the former US president was left off the guest list for the funeral service, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Mr Trump, 76, and all four other living former presidents, have been invited to the service of thanksgivi­ng at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday.

Former heads of state are not invited to the official funeral in London.

An invitation seen by The Telegraph describes the Washington event as “a Service of Thanksgivi­ng for the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.

The invitation­s to high-level officials were sent out in the name of Dame Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to Washington, and her husband Sir Charles Roxburgh, a former Treasury official, yesterday.

The Telegraph understand­s that the Queen’s Colour Squadron will perform an honour guard. The service and music will also be carefully selected to represent all four parts of the Union.

As a Protestant Episcopal Church, the National Cathedral is part of the Anglican Communion, which includes the Church of England.

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, will preside over the service. The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, who delivered an uplifting sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, will also speak on Wednesday.

Dame Karen and the Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, will deliver remarks.

“Her Majesty devoted 70 years of service to her God and to her people,” said

Rev Marshall Hollerith. “We will remember her unwavering sense of duty, devotion and fidelity she embodied, and the many visits she has made to the Cathedral over her lifetime.”

It comes as Liz Truss is set to make her first visit to the US as Prime Minister next week to give an address to the United Nations general assembly in New York. It is understood she will be unlikely to be able to attend the cathedral service in Washington.

Washington’s National Cathedral has hosted state funerals for four former US presidents – Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George HW Bush – as well as a number of memorial services.

Invitation­s to Mr Trump, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, George W Bush and Bill Clinton and their spouses were sent out yesterday.

The cathedral can hold around 1,700 people and is expected to meet capacity.

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