Sunday Times: Queen to invite Trump to Britain for state visit

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LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will invite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for a state visit to Britain next year to try to cement close ties between the two countries, The Sunday Times newspaper said.

Citing two ministers and a senior official close to Downing Street, the Sunday Times reported that discussions between British officials and Trump's team would start soon to ensure that a date could be agreed for June or July next year.

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Britain is keen to reinforce its "special relationship" with the United States as the government of Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to leave the European Union, a divorce that will shape the country's standing in the world.

Related: Take a look back at the British royals:

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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09: The Princess Of Wales Dancing With John Travolta At The White House, USA In A Midnight Blue Velvet Dress By Fashion Designer Victor Edelstein Watched By President Ronald And Mrs Nancy Reagan (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Princess Diana during Dawson International Cocktail Party - February 1, 1989 at The Equitable Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The Princess of Wales, wearing a Catherine Walker suit, surrounded by security while visiting the Henry Street settlement in New York City, February 1989. (Photo byTerry Fincher/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 11: (L To R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, Vice-President George Bush and his wife Barbara Attending A Dinner At The British Embassy In Washington, USA. Diana's Dress Is By Fashion Designer Murray Arbeid. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 9: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing an evening dress designed by Victor Edelstein, dances with movie star John Travolta at the White House during her visit to America on November 9, 1985 in Washington DC, U.S.A. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 9, 1985: (FILE PHOTO) In this file photo issued October 31, 2004, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales meet President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Mrs Nancy Reagan at the White House on November 9, 1985 during an official visit to America in Washington DC, USA. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales is taking his new wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to the United States which begins formally on November 1, 2005 (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: The Rev. Robert Parks, rector of Trinity Church, greets Queen Elizabeth II before paying back rent. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Commonwealth Ball at the 77th Regiment Armoury, New York, 23rd October 1957. The ball was held in their honour at the end of their visit to the United States (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1957: Queen Elizabeth II and her entourage make their way through New York City during an official visit to the States. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
June 1939: King George VI of Great Britain (1895 - 1952) and Queen Elizabeth (1900 - 2002, centre) outside St James Episcopal Church in New York with American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 -1945) and his wife, social activist, author and lecturer, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962) (right). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 06: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks up as Britain's Queen Elizabeth (not pictured) dedicated a wreath of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, during a visit to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site on July 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 06: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks up as Britain's Queen Elizabeth (not pictured) dedicated a wreath of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, during a visit to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site on July 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 06: Queen Elizabeth II signs the visitors book as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on as she tours UN Headquarters on July 6, 2010 in New York City. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh have just completed an eight day tour of Canada and the visit to New York is final day before the royal couple head back to the UK. After paying a historic visit to the United Nations they will visit ground zero and the British Memorial Garden. The Queen last addressed the United Nations in 1957 and it will be the first time she has visited ground zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: A cocktail reception is held at the Harvard Club before an awards banquet where His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales was given the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment?s 10th Anniversary Global Environmental Citizen Award January 28, 2007 in New York City. The prince received the award for his outstanding work towards protecting the global environment as part of a weekend visit to the U.S with his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and husband Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, attend a reception at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on November 1, 2005 in New York City, the first day of their eight day visit to the U.S. (Photo by Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 11: Princess Diana With First Lady Nancy Reagan Visiting A Drug Rehabilitation Centre Called 'straight' In Springfield, Virginia. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - NOVEMBER 09: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales attends a banquet at The White House on November 09, 1985 in Washington, USA. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Nancy Reagan with Prince Charles of England. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Nancy Reagan dances with Prince Charles. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Abe Beam, HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Queen Elizabeth stops to chat with a member of the honor guard at the Commonwealth Ball at the Seventh Regiment Armory. (Photo by Nick Sorrentino/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
1957: A crowd gathers to watch Queen Elizabeth II pass by during her official visit to New York. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, rises to address crowd at the Columbia University Charter Day dinner where she was the guest of honor. Philip Jessup stands to left of Queen and President of Columbia Grayson Kirk stands to right. (Photo by Fred Morgan/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Princess Sumaya of Jordan, Prince Charles of Wales and George Bush arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Monastery of Saint Catherine Conservation Gala. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: Princess Diana stands for the National Anthem at Brooklyn Academy of Music, where the Welsh National Opera is putting on Verdi's 'Falstaff.' , (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: Britain's Princess Diana is all smiles as she arrives in New York City, for a three day visit. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: Diana, Princess of Wales wears a dress designed by Victor Edelstein to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see the Welsh National Opera Gala production of 'Falstaff' (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Prince William and Prince Harry with their cousins, their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and their grandmother, Frances Shand Kydd (1936-2004), on the beach of Necker Island, Hawaii, USA, 11 April 1990. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 06: Queen Elizabeth II lays a wreath in remembrance of the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, during a visits to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site on July 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Protestor Nancy Hardwicke (L) originally from Scotland protests with friends outside the UN building on November 1, 2005 in New York City. Camilla and Prince Charles are on a eight-day visit to the U.S. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R), smiles while chatting with singer Sting and wife Trudie Styler during the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) reception on the first day of the royal eight-day visit to the U.S., on November 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: TRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall unveil a plaque during a visit to the site of the British Memorial Garden on the first day of their eight day visit to the US, on November 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Britain's Prince Harry (C) mingles in a crowd on the deck of the USS Intrepid before giving a speech June 25, 2010 in New York City. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Prince Harry addresses a crowd during a speech on the deck of the US Intrepid June 25, 2010 in New York City. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 29: HRH Prince Harry (L) chats with well-wishers after an official naming of the British Garden at Hanover Square on May 29, 2009 in New York City. Prince Harry is on a whistle-stop 36 hour official trip to New York City ending on Saturday afternoon. He is spending today on official duties, paying his respects at Ground Zero, visiting a veteran's hospital and naming the British Gardens. Tomorrow he will take part in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. The Prince is visiting the States for only the second time as the first was a private visit when he was a child. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 29: Prince Harry lays a wreath as he pays his respects at the World Trade Centre site on May 29, 2009 in New York. Prince Harry is on a two day visit to New York. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 29: HRH Prince Harry (4th-L) poses with firemen during a visit to Ground Zero on May 29, 2009 in New York City. Prince Harry is on a whistle-stop 36 hour official trip to New York City ending on Saturday afternoon. He is spending today on official duties, paying his respects at Ground Zero, visiting a veteran's hospital and naming the British Gardens. Tomorrow he will take part in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. The Prince is visiting the States for only the second time as the first was a private visit when he was a child. (Photo by Chris Ison-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 29: Britain's Prince Harry pauses after placing a wreath at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan on May 29, 2009 in New York. Prince Harry is on a whistle-stop 36 hour official trip to New York City ending on Saturday afternoon. He is spending Friday on official duties, paying his respects at Ground Zero, visiting a veteran's hospital and naming the British Gardens. This is only the second time the Prince has visited the States, the first was a private visit as a child. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: HRH Prince Harry and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira visit the Harlem RBI baseball youth development program during the fifth day of his visit to the United States on May 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits before addressing the United Nations General Assembly on July 6, 2010 at the United Nations In New York. The 84-year-old monarch last came to New York in 1976 and her UN appearance will be the first since she spoke there in 1957, four years after being crowned. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 06: Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations at the UN Headquarters on July 6, 2010 in New York City. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh have just completed an eight day tour of Canada and the visit to New York is final day before the royal couple head back to the UK. After paying a historic visit to the United Nations they will visit ground zero and the British Memorial Garden. The Queen last addressed the United Nations in 1957 and it will be the first time she has visited ground zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
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Trump invited May to visit him as soon as possible during their first telephone call since his election victory, the British prime minister's office has said. Aides for May have said as yet there is no date for the trip.

The Sunday Times said the British government hopes that an official state visit will be its "secret weapon" for cementing ties after Trump met leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage earlier this month - the first British politician to do so.

The newspaper also said the president-elect told May during their phone call last week that his late Scottish mother was a "big fan" of the Queen and asked the prime minister to pass on his best wishes to her.

Related: Also look back at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II:

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The royal carriage of Queen Elizabeth II passes along Victoria Embankment on its way to Westminster Abbey, on June 02, 1953, during the ceremony of coronation of the Queen. The Queen was solemnly crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen in 1952 at age 25. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Prince Philip waves to the crowd, 02 June 1953, after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II was set Thursday 20 December 2007, to become the oldest monarch, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria amid signs the royal family is preparing for life after 81-year-old 'Lillibet'. Victoria died in 1901 aged 81 years and 243 days, and Elizabeth will mark passing the milestone with neither pomp nor ceremony, spending the day as usual with her husband of 60 years, Prince Philip. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen's Guards marching along Pall Mall as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation procession, London, 2nd June 1953. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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