Donald Trump Is Insisting on Riding in the Queen's Gold-Plated Carriage

Unsurprisingly, the POTUS apparently wants all possible pomp and ceremony when he visits the UK later this year.

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According to British security services, President Trump has requested the honor of riding in Queen Elizabeth II's gold-plated carriage when he visits the United Kingdom in the fall.

While President Obama decided to forgo the carriage procession down the Mall when he visited in 2011, Trump's team has made it clear to their British counterparts that they want the pomp and circumstance, despite grave security concerns.Which comes as no surprise sense considering Trump's ostentatious taste. The elaborately decorated golden carriage looks like it would fit right in at Trump's lavish apartment in New York City.

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The carriage is equipped with bullet-proof glass, creating some security, but that glass is not nearly as effective against an attack as the president's monster limousine typically used in the motorcade.

According to a source:

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.

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

One of the Queen's carriages was used when Chinese president Xi Jinping visited in 2015 (pictured above), but President Trump's visit presents a much larger security challenge than the Chinese leader, as authorities expect tens of thousands of people to show for the event.

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