Trump insisting on riding in Queen’s golden carriage

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Queen Elizabeth II swaps her horse-drawn carriage or was it the Daimler? For a set of weekend wheels. Vision: Daily Mail

President Trump is demanding a gold-plated welcome despite the security risks. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

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PRESIDENT Trump wants to ride in the Queen’s gold-plated royal carriage when he visits London in October — an insistence that has thrown British security forces into a tizzy.

The carriage “would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket-propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition,” one security source told the Times of London, noting that tens of thousands of people are expected to protest Trump’s visit.

“Armour-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things,” the source added.

Queen Elizabeth’s golden carriage.

Queen Elizabeth’s golden carriage.Source:Getty Images

Still, the White House regards the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace as an essential bit of pomp for his state visit to the UK, currently planned for the second week of October, The Times reported Saturday.

Other world leaders have been treated to the traditional Horse Guards welcoming parade — in which the Queen’s ornate carriage is drawn down The Mall to Buckingham Palace by six white horses, each with its own top hat-wearing rider.

President Obama spared his hosts the trouble in 2011, instead speeding to the palace in a bullet and bombproof car.

Obama instead travelled in a bomb and bulletproof car. Picture: Afp

Obama instead travelled in a bomb and bulletproof car. Picture: AfpSource:AFP

But China’s Xi Jinping opted for the buggy ride in 2015 — though he chose to ride in an armour-plated closed carriage, rather than the Queen’s open and gold-plated version.

That same year, Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto also took the Queen’s gilded carriage for a spin.

Queen Elizabeth II with South African President Jacob Zuma ride in a carriage on their way to Buckingham Palace in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth II with South African President Jacob Zuma ride in a carriage on their way to Buckingham Palace in 2010.Source:AP

Now, sources are warning The Times that even without the carriage ride the security demands for Trump’s visit will dwarf those needed by other recent state visits.

“The vehicle which carries the president of the United States [during any state visit] is a spectacular vehicle,” the source told the newspaper.

President Donald Trump regularly travels in armoured vehicles.

President Donald Trump regularly travels in armoured vehicles.Source:AP

“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.

“There may well be protections in that coach such as bulletproof glass, but they are limited. In particularly it is very flimsy.”

The British royals regularly travel via carriage.

The British royals regularly travel via carriage.Source:News Limited

More than 1.8 million Britons signed a petition demanding that the state visit be abandoned altogether because it will “cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

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