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No risk, but UK royal wedding fans in Windsor face tight security

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – All royal fans coming to Windsor to observe the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle should move by way of tight security but there isn’t a recognized risk to the occasion, a police commander stated on Wednesday.

People browse for Royal Wedding souvenirs forward of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

More than 100,000 persons are anticipated to flock to the genteel city dominated by Windsor Castle the place the couple will marry on Saturday in a glittering ceremony mixing conventional royal pomp with a taste of Hollywood glamour.

Britain is on its second-highest risk degree of extreme, which means an assault by militants is taken into account extremely possible. Last 12 months there have been 4 lethal assaults blamed on terrorists which claimed 36 lives.

“There is no particular threat for this event. There’s no intelligence to support that this event is going to be particularly targeted,” Superintendent Jim Weems, the tactical commander for the wedding, informed Reuters.

“People will be aware of the atrocities in the UK last year, in the last 18 months in Europe … or around the world, so that will be at the back of people’s minds,” he stated. “We police this to keep people safe – we have the capability, with the right police officers in the right place with the right skills to deal with all eventualities.”

Some 5,000 officers had been on obligation in London when Harry’s brother Prince William married spouse Kate in an enormous show of British pageantry in 2011 but Weems declined to say what number of could be patrolling in Windsor on Saturday.

However, he stated it was the largest operation his Thames Valley drive had ever carried out and so they had wanted to name on neighboring forces to assist.

In addition to street closures which can seal off the city and patrols by armed police and search canine, guests may also need to move by way of airport-style scanning checks earlier than they will attain the streets surrounding the fort the place the couple will participate in a carriage procession after the wedding.


“There are search and screening locations all around the town. So when you come by car, if you park and walk into town, or you come by rail, you will go through one of our search locations,” Weems stated.

“Every kind of police resourcing you can think of is probably involved in here somewhere along the line.”

It is not going to simply be the risk from militants that will likely be occupying police ideas.

Bob Broadhurst, the officer in cost of security for William’s wedding, informed Reuters final month police must deal with everybody in the group as a possible terrorist, prankster, protester or royal obsessive who may attempt to disrupt the event.

Police had handled 18 protests in London on the day of William’s wedding though Weems stated they weren’t conscious of any deliberate demonstrations.

However, final Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon was briefly marred by a protester invading the stage to seize the microphone from British contestant SuRie whereas she was performing, graphically displaying what points police may face.

The royals themselves have additionally been on the receiving finish of pranks. In 2003, Aaron Barschak, who referred to as himself “the comedy terrorist”, managed to bypass security at Windsor Castle carrying a pink gown and an Osama bin Laden-style beard to crash William’s 21st birthday celebration and provides him a kiss.

“Our policing operation will cover all eventualities. I won’t go into what we are anticipating,” stated Weems.

“We need to remind ourselves and the public that this is a wedding. It is a wedding in which the royal couple want the public to be involved. That is the story, it’s not about the police and security operation.”

Editing by Stephen Addison

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