US President Donald Trump arrived here today on his maiden visit to the United Kingdom during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May over closer post-Brexit ties and have an audience with the Queen, amid mass protests including a giant "Trump baby" in a nappy to oppose his controversial policies.
It will be a working visit, which will see him have meetings with the Prime Minister, British business leaders and the Queen.
Donald Trump will then visit the Queen with first lady Melania Trump at Windsor Castle before heading off to Theresa May's countryside home Chequers.
Although he will visit the USA ambassador's residence, he is largely avoiding central London, where the largest protests are expected Friday.
"I would love to say that I think this is going to be a hugely successful visit but I think it's going to be very hard", he said at a pro-Trump gathering in parliament.More news: Trump savors big reveal for Supreme Court pick
"It is in the interests of the U.K.to stand up and take a firm moral stance", said Zoe Gardner, a researcher and spokesperson of the Stop Trump Coalition, which is organizing protests this week in cities across the country.
Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the US - and it is not surprising that Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.
"Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", the embassy said in a list of advised actions, asking Americans to "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings". Thousands of protesters were expected to gather outside the luxurious residence later Thursday.
The largest protest is planned tomorrow afternoon, when over 50,000 protesters are expected to march from the BBC building in Portland Place to Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.
Trump will depart the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday afternoon local time and head to London for a greeting ceremony.
Just hours after May's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, resigned and complained that the Brexit dream was being suffocated, Trump said he might speak to him during the trip.More news: Facebook slapped with six-figure fine in United Kingdom over Cambridge Analytica breach
When asked about Trump's remarks, May said in Brussels: "What we are doing is delivering on the vote of the British people. that's what our proposal does".
Queen Elizabeth II has outlasted 13 USA presidents during her reign.
Blimp organizer Leo Murray said it had been created to speak to Trump "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults".
Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.
10 Downing Street said she would be meeting with schoolchildren and veterans on Friday, accompanied by Philip May, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's husband.More news: Croatians who have made their mark in England