Fortress sur­rounds Wind­sor Cas­tle

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - One Day To Go Wedding Of The Decade -

ONE of the largest ever se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in Wind­sor is al­ready un­der way, with more than 100,000 spec­ta­tors ex­pected to pack into the town to­mor­row.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice is well pre­pared for the crowds try­ing to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle.

But it will be noth­ing like the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion for the wed­ding of Harry’s brother Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton in Lon­don in 2011, which cost po­lice more than $10.7 mil­lion — nearly $5.4 mil­lion on over­time alone, with hun­dreds of of­fi­cers drafted in to con­trol crowds of on­look­ers.

It was fairly easy to es­tab­lish a se­cure perime­ter around the cas­tle grounds, and a no-fly, no-drone zone will be en­forced to keep the airspace clear. But Harry and Meghan are de­ter­mined to ride out­side the cas­tle in an open horse­drawn car­riage, which calls for ex­tra pro­tec­tive mea­sures.

There are al­ready po­lice with au­to­matic weapons vis­i­ble on the streets, a jar­ring fact of life re­flect­ing that Britain’s of­fi­cial ter­ror­ism threat level is set at “se­vere”, in­di­cat­ing an at­tack is highly likely.

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