President Trump wants the royal treatment.
The White House has insisted the President’s planned visit to London this fall include a carriage ride with Queen Elizabeth II down “the Mall,” a strip that leads to Buckingham Palace, The Times of London reported.
But local police said such a visit will be a “monster,” because of security protocols and planned protests.
Security sources told the newspaper a carriage — even a closed one — is much more susceptible to an attack than an armored car.
“If he’s in that vehicle he is incredibly well protected and on top of that it can travel at enormous speed,” a security source said of the President’s armored car. “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 added that bulletproof glass could be put on the carriage, but it can’t withstand high-powered weapons.
“It would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition,” the source added. “Armour-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things.”
President Obama chose to take his armored car to Buckingham palace when he visited the UK in 2011. Russian President Vladimir Putin rode in an open carriage with her majesty during a 2003 visit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping took a carriage ride with the Queen in 2015, but sources told The Times security will be significantly higher when Trump makes his planned October visit.
The Metropolitan Police plan to coordinate with the Secret Service, and any parade would have a high number of armed guards, the newspaper reported.
Sources told The Times that Trump would only be fully safe if they closed off the entire area.
That would be impossible, however, as the events are typically a major public showing, according to the newspaper. Instead, officials plans to put snipers throughout the route.
Anticipating a strong showing of anti-Trump protesters, Scotland Yard’s threat assessment branch plans to coerce critics of the President from attending or at least posing a threat, The Times reported.
The White House didn’t immediately return a request for comment, and the Secret Service declined to discuss security procedures for the trip.
White House demands carriage ride when Trump visits the UK – New York Daily News