President of the United States, Donald Trump, has demanded that he rides with The Queen in a gold-plated carriage when he undertakes a State Visit to the UK later this year.
According to The Times, President Trump wants to ride in a golden carriage along the Mall to Buckingham Palace with the monarch by his side.
Whether or not his request will be met is unknown, as are many details of the State Visit which is expected to take place in October this year.
When President Obama visited the UK on a State Visit, he chose not to ride in a carriage and instead opted for a low-key car.
Furthermore, some security experts say that a carriage is far less secure and leaves both The Queen and the President more prone to an attack than a bullet-proof car.
Speaking to The Times, a source said: “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,” 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.”
A date and itinerary have not yet been set for the upcoming State Visit. It will most certainly go ahead despite controversy and protests by leading public figures and politicians.