Barack Obama in UK
Donald Trump and wife Melania will follow in the footsteps of Barack Obama and wife Michelle by meeting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip Alastair Grant/ Reuters

The Queen will roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump and his wife Melania next summer as Britain looks to woo the new president of the US. Reports claim Number 10 has started planning Trump's visit, which could be his first foreign trip after he is inaugurated in January.

Sources claim the Queen is being used as part of a charm offensive to forge stronger links between the countries after outgoing president Barack Obama said Britain would be at the back of the queue to form trade deals with the US, when it leaves the European Union.

To help get relations off to a good start, Trump and his wife will be invited to a state visit in June or July next year, The Sunday Times reports, and will stay at Windsor Castle where they will meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.

According to an unidentified source, who The Sunday Times said part of Nigel Farage's entourage who met president-elect, the trip would likely be one of the highlights of Trump's young presidency.

"He's looking forward to it," they said. "He's a massive Anglophile. He was really, really keen.

"His late mother, Mary, loved the Queen. He said, 'I'm going to meet her, too. I can't wait to come over to England. My mum would be chuffed to bits when I meet the Queen.'"

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said Downing Street would have the final say on the visit. "State visits and other meetings with overseas heads of state are organised on the advice of the government," he said.

Trump shared a 10-minute conversation with Theresa May after his historic election win, telling the prime minister to "let him know" if she was travelling to the US.

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Theresa May reportedly had no prior knowledge of Farage's meeting with President-elect Trump Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

While May was one of the first world leaders to speak with Trump, she was beaten to the punch by Farage who met with the president-elect at his home in Trump Tower in New York.

As well as trade, diplomats would be able to discuss foreign policy, including the Syria war, as well as commitments to Nato, with the president-elect during a state visit.

The meeting would come one year after Trump denied he once wanted to romance Princess Diana after her split from Prince Charles. His denial came after comments emerged from an interview Trump did with the American radio host Howard Stern in which he said he thought he could have "nailed her".

His denial came after comments emerged from an interview Trump did with the American radio host Howard Stern in which he said he thought he could have "nailed her".