Timeline: President's Donald Trump's rocky road to United Kingdom visit

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A giant balloon of Trump as a baby will spend two hours floating over London's historic Parliament Square, close to the houses of parliament, after the mayor of London gave permission to an activist who raised £17,000 ($23,000) for the cause.

The legacy of Donald Trump will outlive protests, including a giant baby blimp caricature, against his first visit to the United Kingdom, a Republican in London has said.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons are expected to take to the streets nationwideon Friday in opposition to Trump, who is scheduled to arrive in the U.K. Thursday evening.

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

"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.

According to a notice posted on the embassy's website on Tuesday, "Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding" Trump's visit.

Mass protests are expected across Britain, leading police to mobilize to a degree not seen since 2011.

Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves in March next year.

Norfolk members of Together Against Trump are planning to join protests in London and have organised a coach to get people to the capital.

Yet according to David Wemer of the Atlantic Council, a new U.S. -U.K. trade deal isn't a high priority for the Trump administration.

Following the departure of senior figures, including foreign minister Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, the political atmosphere is febrile.

From there, Trump and his wife Melania are expected to travel to Windsor to meet Queen Elizabeth.

After the visit, Trump will decamp to Finland for a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

The blimp will then be used at a protest planned in Scotland, his mother's homeland, when Trump goes there for the weekend.

Organizers of anti-Trump rallies say they are not expecting any trouble at all - and that it would be very unlikely for any hostility to be directed at ordinary Americans.

He then joked his meeting with President Putin might be the "easiest" of his trip to Europe, which also involves talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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