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Petition against Trump's UK state visit says trip would embarrass the queen. She seems to disagree.
President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Petition against Trump's UK state visit says trip would embarrass the queen. She seems to disagree.

More than 1.2 million people have signed an online petition calling on British lawmakers to cancel President Donald Trump's official state visit to the United Kingdom later this year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May extended an invitation to Trump while meeting with the president Friday at the White House.

"Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen," the petition, found on the British Parliament's website, states.

Graham Guest, who started the petition, added that "a state visit legitimises his [Trump's] presidency and he will use the photo opportunities and being seen with the Queen to get re-elected."

However, it appears as though the queen isn't as embarrassed by having Trump visit Buckingham Palace as some backers of the petition would have people believe.

In a tweet sent out Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that May extended the state visit invitation "on behalf of" the queen herself.

"On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, UK PM @theresa_may invited @potus for a state visit," Spicer tweeted

State visits to the U.K. are at the sole designation of the queen and occur only about once or twice per year, according to the BBC.

Around noon Saturday, it had just 60 signatures. That number grew to hundreds of thousands by Sunday, and as of Monday, more than 1.2 million individuals had signed their names. About 30,000 names were from individuals who do not reside in the U.K, the BBC reported.

Despite the online backlash, the Independent reported British officials aren't rescinding the invitation to Trump.

British lawmakers are expected to debate Trump's visit Tuesday because the petition garnered the 100,000 names the government requires for an official response.

The only petition on the British Parliament's website to draw more signatures was the call for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, an historic move that later became known as "Brexit." The "Brexit" petition initially garnered more than 4 million names.

The call for British officials to rescind Trump's state visit invitation came just one day after the White House announced a temporary ban on people traveling to the U.S. from seven countries whose populations are mostly Muslim and were on the Obama administration's 2015 list of  "countries of concern" because of terror activity.

The executive action prompted protest both across the U.S. and around the world, including several cities in the United Kingdom.

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