Fortress surrounds Windsor Castle
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.