Donald Trump's state visit to the UK will be 'the easiest ever' for the Queen

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit to the UK will involve a major police operation - but the Queen is set to have it relatively easy.

According to royal biographer Robert Hardman, Trump’s arrival will not prove to be too taxing for Her Majesty.

Mr Hardman told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: "I think Donald Trump is going to be one of the easiest state visitors the Queen has ever had in a very long time because firstly he’s not staying overnight at the palace because of the building works.

“Large chunks of the palace are currently under dust sheets and are being rewired, so the Trumps will stay with the US ambassador.”

Donald Trump's state visit to the UK is set to be 'one of the easiest ever' (Getty)

As well as not being able to sleep in Buckingham Palace, the President will not be having a procession through the streets of London - unlike Chinese PM Xi Jinping, who was given the honour despite mass protests.

However, the decision is not a slight against the Trumps but was made by US security, according to Mr Hardman.

He added: "Also because of security, there’s been a lot of talk about carriage processions, Trump wanting a carriage procession and not getting one.

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“It was US security who said ‘we can’t have our President riding through a foreign capital in a vehicle made out of leather and wood and built in the 19th century’.”

A huge security operation will be in place as President Trump arrives in the UK in June.

The Metropolitan Police said it had "a very experienced command team" leading the operation as the force geared up to deal with the visit itself and expected protests.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a carriage ride in the UK despite protests (Getty)

Last year, almost 10,000 officers were deployed for Trump's trip to the UK, with nearly every force in the country providing staff to support the operation.

During the state visit, which begins on June 3, protesters are again hoping to fly the Donald Trump blimp, which depicts the American leader as a baby.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet is also expected to make an appearance.

It depicts the American leader with his trousers round his ankles while tweeting and says some of his well-known phrases such as "stable genius" and "no collusion", as well as breaking wind.

President Trump will not be staying overnight at Buckingham Palace during his visit (Getty)

The Met said officers have met organisers of the Together Against Trump protest, who plan to gather in Trafalgar Square on June 4.

The force is in discussions to agree a route with the demonstrators, who wish to pass down Whitehall.

A section of the road will be closed off as part of the security operation around the president's visit.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "A very experienced command team is preparing the multi-faceted policing and security operation for the president's visit and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to lawful protest this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan."