Donald Trump wants to ride in Queen’s gold carriage during UK visit

Security officials have warned that the carriage journey to Buckingham Palace will require a "monster" security operation

By: PTI | London | Published: April 16, 2017 3:46 pm
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US President Donald Trump wants to ride in the Queen’s gold-plated royal carriage when he travels to London on a state visit — an insistence that has thrown British security forces into a tizzy, a media report has said.

The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession as an essential element of the itinerary for President Trump’s visit currently planned for the second week of October, The Sunday Times reported, citing officials.

But security officials have warned that the carriage journey down The Mall to Buckingham Palace will require a “monster” security operation, far greater than for any recent state visit, the paper said.

The Metropolitan Police was already facing a challenge in ensuring the safety of the controversial president as tens of thousands of people are expected to protest his visit.

The carriage “would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition,” the paper quoted one security source as saying.

Citing the source, the paper said that this recent demand has only served to increase complexity of the arrangement.

“The vehicle which carries the president of the United States is a spectacular vehicle. It is designed to withstand a massive attack like a low-level rocket grenade.

“If he’s in that vehicle he is incredibly well protected and on top of that it can travel at enormous speed. If he is in a golden coach being dragged up the Mall by a couple of horses, the risk factor is dramatically increased,” the source said.

Still, the White House regards the carriage procession as an essential element of the itinerary for Trump’s state visit.

Trump’s predecessor former president Barack Obama had travelled in an armoured, bullet-proof car to meet the Queen during his visit to the UK in 2011.

World leaders have been treated to the traditional Horse Guards welcoming parade — in which the Queen’s carriage is drawn down The Mall to Buckingham Palace by six white horses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have also taken such carriage rides during state visits.

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    Curious onlooker
    Apr 17, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Is the editorial desk deliberately engaged in causing spelling errors in what I post? I thoroughly scrutinise for spelling mistakes, not minding the dastardly yankee spelling system, before posting my comment but after submission it seemed to have been posted fraught with spelling mistakes. It is happening with consistent regularity.
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      Curious onlooker
      Apr 17, 2017 at 9:55 am
      Britain has become a v al State of the US; hence the Presidential retinue might be en led to feel that the pomp and regalia attending on British Royalty should be rightly reserved for Donald Trump more than any regional figure head in Britain.The Buckingham palace might also be turned into the President's holiday home.
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        jay komerath
        Apr 17, 2017 at 4:07 am
        This man is an
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        1. Ivan
          Apr 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm
          The Queen should give him a rich chocolate cake too. That might help to mellow this inconsistent man
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