US president George Bush was arriving in Britain today for a four-day state visit expected to be marked by massive demonstrations against the war in Iraq.
Mr Bush and his wife Laura will receive a private welcome from the Prince of Wales when they touch down on British soil this evening for the first state visit accorded to an American president.
His formal schedule will begin tomorrow morning with a ceremonial welcome at Buckingham Palace and he is due to hold talks with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street on Thursday before visiting the Prime Ministerís constituency of Sedgefield in County Durham on Friday.
Security will be intense, after the Metropolitan Police announced yesterday that it was trebling the number of officers assigned to the visit in the capital from 5,000 to 14,000.
The Met reached agreement last night with the Stop the War Coalition over the route of a protest march expected to bring tens of thousands of protesters on to the streets of London on Thursday. Source.