Donald Trump is set to make a list to the United Kingdom in October. According to The Times of London, Trump has requested to ride with Queen Elizabeth II in a gold-plated carriage during his visit.
When former President Obama made his visit to the U.K. he chose not to ride the gold-plated carriage, but instead chose to use a bullet- and bomb-proof car during his visit.
Although the carriage is well protected by nearby security, Trump faces higher risks as he’s not very well liked. Security officials say it is more risky and more vulnerable than other options.
“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,” a source told The Times.
“There may well be protections in that coach such as bulletproof glass, but they are limited. In particular it is very flimsy,” the source added. “It would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition. Armor-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things.”
Trump’s October visit is expected to be met by both supporters and protestors. This will be his first visit to the U.K. since taking over the White House.