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urbanlegendfanatic 15 April 2017 09:10 PM

US president insists on GOLD-plated welcome
Is this true?

Trump and circumstance: US president insists on GOLD-plated welcome with procession down The Mall in the Queen’s royal carriage during his UK visit in October

The US President wants the horse-drawn procession to Buckingham Palace
The demand represents a security operation on a huge scale for authorities
The Met Police are already preparing for the biggest public order operation with protests planned when President Trump arrives in October

Morning 16 April 2017 02:03 AM

The UK Times is also reporting this. I have no idea if the UK Times is a reliable news source, but the Daily Mail has an iffy reputation.

President Obama rode in an armored limousine in his procession to the Palace, but other leaders before him used the gilded carriage. I think an armored limousine sounds much more safe and efficient.

queen of the caramels 16 April 2017 01:42 PM

I rank the Times alongside the Guardian in terms of accuracy, ie pretty good. The Times is slightly right leaning, though.

Lainie 16 April 2017 06:37 PM

Awesomely English quote:


Armor-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things.

thorny locust 16 April 2017 07:12 PM

To be fair, if I understand it right the Queen already has a gold-plated, or at least gold-painted (I'm not sure which), carriage that is actually ordinarily used for state visits. The headline makes it sound as if Trump wants them to go gold-plate one for him in particular.

However, I agree that he ought to settle for whatever the security specialists are recommending; and not only because of extra cost and hassle. Bad as the situation is, I doubt it would be improved by a successful assassin.

Lainie 16 April 2017 09:06 PM

And imagine how much more insufferable 45 would become if he survived an assassination attempt.

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