London is abuzz with last-minute preparations for Donald Trump’s UK state visit with US and UK flags adorning The Mall, despite the President not travelling down the famous route due to security risks.
Prince Andrew will accompany Mr Trump for two of the three days of his trip, with officials hoping the Duke can defuse any political problems with conversations about golf, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Mr Trump is believed to have so far spent over 100 days of his 862-day presidency playing golf while Prince Andrew is qualified to a professional level.
Police officers and Guardsman from the Horse Guards move past U.S. and British flags as they stretch along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in central London in advance of U.S. President Donald Trump State visit to Britain
Donald Trump’s state banquet has taken six months to plan and will see 170 guests sit down in Buckingham Palace’s ballroom on Monday evening. Pictured during a visit to Windsor Castle in July 2018
Today members of the public had to pass through security fences in Regents Park, erected around the residence of the US Ambassador to the UK, Winfield House
A family enjoying a picnic in the park today did so up against the ring of steel enclosing the residence, where President Trump is expected to stay
Concrete crash barriers and steel security fencing enclosed police at the site this afternoon
The men met 20 years ago at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate and golf course in Palm Springs, Florida, and are already well-acquainted sharing a mutual friend in disgraced millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was was jailed on child prostitution charges in 2008.
While the men make polite conversation, hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyse London with mass demonstrations.
Fears for Mr Trump’s safety have meant he will not be involved in a carriage procession down the Mall or the official welcome on Horse Guards Parade – which will instead take place in Buckingham Palace’s garden.
More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate protest events planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York takes the salute during the Colonel’s Review on June 1 in London, England. The Colonel’s Review is the second of two rehearsals ahead of Trooping The Colour which will take place on Saturday June 8
Full details of Trump’s state visit to Britain have now been revealed, including all the royals he will meet over the three days
The president’s refusal to accept claims of climate change is likely to bring about some debate with the Prince of Wales who has championed environmental causes for decades.
Earlier this month Prince Charles said he was prepared for a frank exchange of views with Trump regarding climate change during the US President’s State visit to Britain next month, The Mail on Sunday revealed.
According to a source close to the Prince, Charles will be ‘very happy’ to talk about climate change if the subject is raised by the President.
The source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Climate change is a subject that the Prince has talked about for 40 years and he will look forward to discussing it with the President should it come up. He would be very happy to have the opportunity to talk about it.
Princess Eugenie shared a photo of her father during the Colonel’s Review on Instagram yesterday
A detailed plan of what Mr Trump will do during his state visit to the UK. He is expected to meet the Queen, Theresa May, and attend a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace
Given Trump’s notoriously volatile personality, a frank discussion risks becoming heated.
But a second source said that Charles had ‘more than enough experience’ to prevent any diplomatic incident.
Yesterday Trump, 72, also expressed his willingness to discuss the topic with Prince Charles in a interview to The Sun Newspaper – in which he controversially appeared to show support for Boris Johnson becoming the next prime minister, despite diplomatic protocol.
The ceremonial route was deemed too high of a security risk to be used by Donald Trump. Pictured: Workers erect a Union flag on The Mall, London
Tourists photograph workers putting up U.S. flags along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in central London in advance of U.S. President Donald Trump State visit to Britain
Workers hang a U.S. flag on The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in central London in advance of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit
Donald Trump has expressed his surprise at comments made by the Duchess of Sussex about him when he was elected President in 2016. The president said that ‘I didn’t know she was nasty’ after he was told that Meghan once called him ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’
Two groups – Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump – are co-ordinating protest groups for what they are calling a ‘carnival of resistance’.
They have laid on coaches to bring thousands of supporters to the capital from cities and towns across the UK.
A spokesman for Stand Up To Trump said: ‘We will be bringing central London to a standstill. By the time he leaves he will know, and the world will know, that people here reject him and his toxic politics.’
Stop Trump added: ‘We will make it clear to the British Government it’s not OK to normalise Trump’s agenda and the fear it has sparked.’
Mr Trump and his wife Melania are being given the full red carpet treatment, with the Queen hosting no fewer than four events in tribute to them.
Royal gun salutes will fire in Trump’s honour at the Tower of London and in Green Park, while Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duke of York will be heavily involved too.
The Duchess of Sussex, previously a vocal critic of Donald Trump, will stay at home with baby Archie rather than meet the US President during his state visit to the UK.
The President branded Meghan as ‘nasty’ after hearing comments she made about him in 2016.
Meghan, who called president Trump ‘divisive’ and a ‘misogynist’, will miss a private lunch with the Queen, Prince Harry and the president on Monday.
She is also expected to skip Monday evening’s state banquet where members of the royal family will be joined by guests with American links for a lavish white tie dinner.
Security preparations at Winfield House, where President Donald Trump will be staying in London next week
A fence has been installed as a security preparation at Winfield House, where President Donald Trump will be staying in London next week
Tomorrow’s banquet: Six glasses each, four menus… and 12 pipers
By Harry Cole and Charlotte Wace for The Mail on Sunday
President Trump and his family will be wined and dined by the Queen and other Royals tomorrow night, along with 170 guests picked for their cultural, diplomatic or economic links to the US, in the opulent Buckingham Palace Ballroom.
Former Buckingham Palace chef Darren McGrady described such events as ‘military operations’, with menus planned months in advance.
All food will be the ‘best of British’ but there is likely to be a nod to Trump’s Scottish heritage – with perhaps traditional shortbread or salmon.
The exquisite menu served on priceless silver-gilt dinner plates and cutlery from the Grand Service made for George IV, take three days to lay at the vast U-shaped table, each place setting exactly 18in from the next, checked for precision with special measuring sticks.
Chefs will have been given some rough guidelines, and then prepared four menus. These will have been given to the Queen, who decides which she wants.
The opulent Buckingham Palace Ballroom where President Trump and his family will be wined and dined by the Queen and other Royals tomorrow night
The Queen will be seated next to Mr Trump at the top end of the table, along with his wife, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Other Royals will be spread between the guests.
Speeches start at 8pm when the Queen and Mr Trump will both formally address the gathering and propose toasts to one another, followed by the playing of the national anthems.
President Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania and four of his five children – Donald Jnr, Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany
A string orchestra usually provides the musical backdrop and the end of the banquet is signalled by the arrival of 12 pipers in a procession around the room, a tradition begun by Queen Victoria.
The dress code is white tie and tiaras. Members of the Royal family wear sashes and badges known as orders if they have been given them in recognition of Royal service.
The footmen must make sure every chair is exactly the same distance from the table and each glass is the same distance from the front edge of the table.
Detailed diagrams are used to illustrate the serving plans and a list of special instructions sets out any dietary requirements and requests for the Royals and other guests.
President Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania and four of his five children – Donald Jnr, Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany.
Just before the banquet, members of the Royal family will be lined up in the White Drawing Room to be introduced and shake hands with Mr Trump and the First Lady. The Queen and the President will then make their way into the Ballroom side-by-side.
Nineteen serving stations are set up around the walls of the room, each manned by four staff – each station linked to a traffic light system to co-ordinate the serving of courses
The footmen must make sure every chair is exactly the same distance from the table and each glass is the same distance from the front edge of the table
Four large silver gilt scallop shell soup tureens (below), each surmounted by a triton blowing a conch shell horn, are some of the most striking pieces in the Grand Service
Two silver gilt three-branch candelabra, each cast as a fruiting vine stem, will adorn the table
Each guest has six glasses – for water, red and white wines, a champagne toast, a dessert wine and port, all embossed with the Royal crest
The Trumps book an ENTIRE floor at £22,000-a-night five-star London hotel for state visit: Four of the president’s children will stay at the Cornithia that offers £200 jetlag-revival treatments and workouts with a Hollywood trainer
By Katie Hind and Mark Hookam for The Mail on Sunday and Andrew Court for DailyMail.com
It’s the lavish London hotel favoured by oligarchs and a A-list celebrities where the most opulent suite costs £22,000 ($27,000) a night.
So it is perhaps fitting that Donald Trump, known for his love of extravagant decor, has booked an entire floor of the Corinthia Hotel for his family and extended entourage for this week’s state visit to Britain.
The US President will be accompanied by wife Melania and four of his five children for the visit, which begins on Monday.
The President and his wife are expected to stay at Winfield House, the US Ambassador’s official residence in Regent’s Park, but sources say other members of his family will stay at the five-star Corinthia in Westminster.
The Corinthia Hotel is one of London’s most luxurious hotels, and is expected to be a home away from home for Donald Jr, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany during their State Visit to the UK this week
The Corinthia is located in the heart of London, meaning that the Trump children will be able to take in jaw-dropping views of the historic city
Corinthia (pictured) features two restaurants, including one headed up by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge
The luxurious hotel, which has its own branch of department store Harrods and a huge spa spread over four floors, featured last year in the two-part BBC1 documentary A Hotel For The Super-Rich And Famous.
Trump’s children, Donald Jr, 41, Ivanka, 37, Eric, 35, and Tiffany, 25, are all expected to check in to the Corinthia.
The President has reportedly booked out an entire floor for his brood and and their entourage.
It’s royal-suite penthouse costs £22,000 ($27,000) a night and boasts four bedrooms, a dining room that seats ten, a full-sized bar stocked with champagne and a bathroom fitted with marble and onyx surfaces.
It’s unclear whether the Trumps will stay in that lavish suite, but it features its own private internal lift, meaning they would not have to mingle with members of the public and other guests.
The royal-suite penthouse (pictured) costs £22,000 ($27,000) a night, and boasts four bedrooms
The Trumps are used to the finer things in life, and would no doubt fit right in staying inside the royal-suite penthouse. The suite’s dining room is pictured
Pictured: One of the royal-suite penthouse’s bathrooms, which is complete with marble and onyx surfaces
In addition to boasting its own private, internal elevator entrance, the royal-suite penthouse also has a balcony with incredible views
However, should the siblings wish to escape their suite, they’ll be able to make the most of the Corinthia’s opulent amenities.
The hotel features a decadent indoor swimming pool, as well as a lavish spa and wellness center.
One service on offer inside the wellness center is known as ‘the jet lag reviver’ – a £220 ($280) treatment that includes a scalp massage and body exfoliation, aimed to re-energize the weary traveler.
Should the Trump clan wish to work out during their time in London, they’ll be able to employ the services of an elite personal trainer.
A health center at the Corinthia was designed by David Higgins – a trainer who has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Margot Robbie and Claudia Schiffer.
The hotel features a decadent indoor swimming pool (pictured) as well as a lavish spa and wellness center
Crystal Moon Lounge, where guests take afternoon tea, is dominated by a huge Baccarat crystal chandelier
The Corinthia boasts several bars and restaurants, featuring some of the most sumptuous food in the United Kingdom
The Trumps have reportedly booked out an entire floor of the luxury five-star hotel. A hotel bedroom is seen above
Meanwhile, the Corinthia boasts some of the finest dining experiences in London, with a number of bars and restaurants located inside the hotel.
Crystal Moon Lounge, where guests take afternoon tea, is dominated by a huge Baccarat crystal chandelier.
Meanwhile, Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge last year took over one of the two restaurants, where the most expensive item on the wine-list is a £7,000 ($8,846) bottle of 1982 Petrus.
Celebrity guests have included Mariah Carey, James Corden and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas star and judge on the The Voice ITV talent show, is also a regular guest, staying for up to ten weeks at a time. Rather than bringing suitcases, he has kept a collection of clothes at the hotel.
For security reasons, the Trump entourage is understood to have reserved all of the rooms across one of the hotel’s floors.
Unlike Claridge’s or The Ritz, which have been attracting the world’s super-rich for decades, the Corinthia, which has 225 rooms, 51 suites and seven penthouses, only opened eight years ago.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have lunch with the Queen and enjoy a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace during the course of a three-day state visit beginning on Monday
Mr Trump is reportedly bringing daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisers to the President, along with her siblings Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump
But its building, on a triangular site between Trafalgar Square and the Thames Embankment, has a rich history.
Originally built as the Metropole hotel, the building was leased by the Government as offices in 1936 and used by M19 – British military intelligence – during the Second World War. Located close to the Ministry of Defence, it housed defence intelligence staff until 1992.
A spokesman for the Corinthia said: ‘As you can appreciate, we do not comment on guest bookings.’
Ring of steel goes up in face of mass protests
President Trump will be surrounded by a ring of steel this week while he stays at Winfield House, the American Ambassador’s London residence.
Workmen were yesterday completing a 6ft security fence around the mansion and its 12-acre garden opposite London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park.
One entry gate was quickly plastered with ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ protest stickers.
Up to 10,000 police officers, many drafted in from provincial forces, will mobilise in the capital to cope with the mass protests expected to accompany the President’s state visit.
Workers erect a fence a Winfield House in Regent’s Park, London, as the UK prepares to welcome Donald Trump. Preparations are being made across the capital for the president’s arrival
Anti-Trump activists will be allowed within yards of Downing Street when the US President has lunch with Theresa May on Tuesday. Police had banned the protesters from Whitehall, but relented last week to allow the rally as far as the Women’s War Memorial, within shouting distance of the Downing Street security gates.
The rest of Whitehall leading to Parliament Square will, however, be closed off.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a coalition of Left-wing groups, including Extinction Rebellion activists and a campaign called Milkshakes Against Racism, have formed to protest against Trump and his policies. Some of the groups have a history of being arrested at previous protests.
The movement, organised by the Stop Trump Coalition, is planning a ‘carnival of resistance’ for 250,000 protesters outside No 10.
Road blocks are assembled around Winfield House in Regent’s Park, London, were security measures are being enforced ahead of Donald Trump’s arrival
They have threatened to ‘bring Central London to a standstill’ and follow Mr Trump around the UK to cause maximum disruption.
Last night, the organisers of the Stop Trump Coalition would not rule out breaking the law to get their message across and instead praised tactics used by climate change protesters last month.
‘Extinction Rebellion, along with other groups, have done a brilliant job of bringing the climate crisis into the spotlight in the UK,’ said a spokesman. The protesters will meet in Trafalgar Square at 11am on Tuesday, where there will be areas themed around the activists’ objections to Mr Trump, including migrant’s rights, racism and misogyny and climate justice.
One ‘bloc’ hosted by the charity Global Justice Now will focus on chlorinated chicken, with activists dressed up as chickens in protest. Another will be made up of activists dressed as handmaids from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Amnesty International will also unfurl five ‘Resist Trump’ banners from Vauxhall Bridge, which faces the US embassy.
However, organisers for the Together Against Trump protest are expected to raise the £30,000 needed to fly the Trump baby blimp over London once again.