Donald Trump May Not Get a State Banquet With Queen Elizabeth II, But Vladimir Putin Did

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stands near Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames in London on June 26, 2003. Donald Trump reportedly may not make a state visit to the U.K. Pool/Reuters

President Donald Trump's first trip to the U.K. early next year will reportedly not be a full "state visit," but rather a stripped-down "working visit," during which he won't even meet Queen Elizabeth II or get a big banquet at Buckingham Palace.

If true, Trump will miss out on a perk enjoyed by so many other world leaders, including two prior U.S. presidents and, notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here's a list of some of the people who have been honored by the queen:

President Xi Jinping of China

Then–British Prime Minister David Cameron made better relations with China a key part of his foreign policy. The centerpiece of that strategy was a state visit in 2015 by Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan.

Xi met the royals, attended banquets and, in one notable excursion, got to drink a pint with Cameron in a traditional country pub—reportedly at his request. (Trump, of course, is a famous teetotaler.)

The government and the royals faced criticism at the time, given China's poor human rights record.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

During his visit back in 2013, the Sheikh had an honor guard and lunched with the queen at Windsor Castle.

"The UK and UAE share a longstanding and unique history and the forthcoming visit will mark an important milestone in that history and will be testimony to the strength of the friendship at the very highest level," the British government said at the time.

But the visit attracted controversy at the time as three Britons, Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, were found in Dubai with synthetic cannabis. They alleged that they were tortured by authorities.

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush

Both of Trump's last two predecessors were received by the queen on a state visit, Obama in 2011 and Bush in 2003.

Bush's visit was accompanied by vast anti–Iraq War marches, including the symbolic destruction of a 25-foot effigy of the Republican president. Obama's relationship with the British royals was thought to be especially close. Since leaving office, Obama has stayed in touch, recently enjoying a game of wheelchair basketball with Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne, at the Prince's Invictus Games event.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia

Right now, Putin's cachet among Western powers is at its lowest ebb, especially after he was accused of meddling the U.S. presidential election.

But 2003 was a more hopeful time. Putin arrived on the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since 1874, and all the bells were rung and all the whistles blown. He even got to ride in a horse-drawn carriage with the queen.

The visit reported by the BBC at the time as "a reflection of the rapid development of ties between Britain and Russia since the end of the Communist era."