Tight Security Measures in Place for Britain’s Royal Wedding
Fans coming to watch the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will have to pass through tight security in Windsor, a town just outside London, this Saturday, May 19.
More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the genteel town dominated by Windsor Castle.
It’s one of the biggest police operations ever faced by the local police force, and they’ve had to bring in assistance from neighboring forces.
The threat level in the UK is at “severe,” following last year’s four deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 36 lives.
The police commander in charge of “Operation Wedding” reports there’s no cause for alarm, however.
“There is no particular threat for this event. There’s no intelligence to support that this event is particularly going to be targeted. But people will be aware of the atrocities in the UK last year, over the last 18 months in Europe,” Police Superintendent Jim Weems said.
“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,” Weems told Reuters.
Roads will be closed to seal off the town and there will be patrols by armed officers and search dogs, as well as airport-style scans in the surrounding streets.
Last month, Bob Broadhurst, the officer in charge of security for William’s wedding in 2011, said that police would have to assume everyone in the crowd could be a potential terrorist or someone who could disrupt the wedding.
“Our policing operation will cover all eventualities. I won’t go into what we are anticipating,” Weems said to Reuters.
“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.”
On a happier note, it looks like umbrellas won’t be needed as the forecast is for sunshine and not rain.