British Prime Minister Theresa May, while she was in Washington, D.C. last week, extended an invitation to Donald Trump on the Queen's behalf to make a state visit to the UK later this year, and he has accepted. However, the invitation has provoked controversy and more than 1.3 million people have signed an official petition to prevent President Trump from making a the visit. In his cartoon in The Times, Morten Morland imagines the Queen's reaction.
1. The Queen's remark about building a wall is clearly a reference to Trump's promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
2. Monarchs, and today particularly Queen Elizabeth II, are often depicted as using 'one' as a first-person pronoun. This is frequently done as a form of caricature. For example, the headline "One is not amused" is attributed humorously to her, implicitly making reference to Queen Victoria's supposed statement "We are not amused", containing instead the royal 'we'.
3. In the background, we can see the Queen's son, Prince Charles, who is in the process of signing the petition online.
4. The dog is a Welsh Corgi, the Queen's favourite breed.