Thousands of Brits angrily protested Trump on his first visit to the UK as president — here are the best photos

Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesA US military aircraft returns to Winfield House, the London residence of US ambassador Woody Johnson, shortly after Marine One leaves with US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump to take them to Blenheim Palace as protesters wave placards during a demonstration outside on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

President Donald Trump is in Britain – and a whole lot of British people aren’t too happy about it.

On Thursday, the US president began his first visit to England since taking office. But the reality TV star-turned-Republican politician is immensely unpopular in the UK, with major protests planned for his visit.

His itinerary is keeping him largely outside of London in an apparent attempt to minimise his exposure to protesting crowds (and giant balloons depicting him as an orange, phone-clutching baby, like the one being flown near Parliament). But some protesters are giving chase.

From his black-tie dinner in Oxfordshire on Thursday night, to the location where he is staying, and Parliament Square crowds of thousands of people have been gathering to voice their displeasure about the American president.

Near Blenheim Palace on Thursday, ahead of a black-tie dinner at the opulent location, crowds gathered to voice their displeasure at the American president.

The protests continued on Friday, where thousands of protestors took to the streets of London to demonstrate against Trump’s visit – flying the giant balloon of Trump as a baby along their route.

Here are the photos …


Demonstrators gather outside Winfield House on Thursday, the official residence of the American ambassador to the UK, where Trump is staying.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesProtesters chant and bang pots and pans during a demonstration outside Winfield House, the London residence of US ambassador Woody Johnson, where US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are staying tonight on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Many protesters made no secret of what they thought of Trump.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesProtesters hold placards during a demonstration outside Winfield House, the London residence of US ambassador Woody Johnson, where US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are staying tonight on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Others looked to popular culture for inspiration in their criticism.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesProtesters chant and wave placards during a demonstration outside Winfield House, the London residence of US ambassador Woody Johnson, where US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are staying tonight on July 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The protesters also descended on Blenheim Palace, where Trump had a black-tie dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday evening.

Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesProtestors gather at the gates of Blenheim Palace where US President Donald Trump is due to visit for diner in Woodstock on July 12, 2018 in Oxfordshire, England.

Among the cruder banners was this one — labelling Trump “S—ler,” a portmanteau of “Hitler” and “S—.”

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesProtesters seen from a coach window hold up placards along the route at Blenheim Palace prior the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on July 12, 2018 in Woodstock, England.

The protests didn’t stop the dinner from going ahead, however, and May treated Trump to a taste of British tradition.

Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May greet U.S. President Donald Trump at Blenheim Palace on July 12, 2018 in Woodstock, England.

But on Friday, the Women’s March of London organised thousands of marchers in massive protest against Trump, which they called #BringTheNoise.


There too, demonstrators didn’t hold back with their disdain for the American president.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesA woman protesting against Trump makes a cheeky reference to the royal family’s love of corgis

Trump is scheduled to visit Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family on Friday afternoon.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesTrump will be the eleventh sitting President to meet Queen Elizabeth

Some protestors, however, still want good relations with the United States, even if they don’t like its president.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesTrump has ruffled feathers with his criticism of Theresa May on the trip

People of all ages were in attendance.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesA protester with her baby in a stroller makes a jab at the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies

When the march reached parliament, they flew the now-infamous 20-foot balloon of Trump as a baby almost 100 feet above the House of Parliament.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesProtestors raise a 20-foot balloon of Trump as a baby over parliament

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The march even drew some high-profile figures, including attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels.

Michael Avenatti via TwitterStormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti joins in the protests.

“Huge turnout. And people are fired up.#FightClub #Basta,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter along with photos on the event.


As Trump heads to Windsor Castle to meet the Royal Family, more protesters with snappy signs will be awaiting his arrival.

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