The tight security for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming wedding has been revealed. The extreme security measures to protect the Bride, Groom and their high-profile guests on May 19th include airport-style security checks and metal barriers as a deterrent for vehicle attacks around Windsor.
Thames Valley Police have announced a series of measures today to protect the Royal Couple, The Royal Family and their guests on the big day as well as the tens of thousands of people who are expected to flock to the streets of Windsor on May 19th.
Strategic Commander of the wedding, Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle, commented, “We are proud to police the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The Force has a long history of policing royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony to State Visits and more recently Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is no exception. We are working with our partners, local businesses and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone.”
More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on Windsor for the big day and Police have said that large items deemed a ‘security risk’ will be banned from the town, including tents, following plans by Social Media groups to stage a ‘sleepover’ protest against removing rough sleepers from the streets.
Nearly all officers from the force will be working on the day with holiday requests being denied for that weekend. In the days leading up to the wedding, shops and buildings in the vicinity will be searched and there are even talks of trains being stopped from calling at Windsor Station if the numbers of people in the town causes a ‘public safety risk’.
In the coming weeks, Windsor will see an increase of both armed and unarmed police and the search dogs, mounted section, roads policing units and the National Police Air Service joining forces.
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