Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: The cost to increase security for the Queen’s burial on September 19 will exceed USD 7 million (about INR 59 crores). Which would be the most expensive single-day operation in UK history, according to the New York Post.
The British Mi5 and Mi6 intelligence agencies will collaborate with the Secret Service, London’s Metropolitan Police, and other law enforcement agencies to secure the unusual number of foreign leaders who are anticipated at the funeral on Monday.
The biggest policing operation so far in UK
According to Simon Morgan, a former Royal security officer, “This is the biggest policing operation that the United Kingdom policing has ever attempted.” Even though the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 2011 was the largest of the events, he claimed that they couldn’t be compared to this one.
Earlier, Kate and William’s Wedding witnessed most expensive security
The 2011 wedding of William and Kate saw extensive police presence. The New York Post reports that the police expenses for the 2011 wedding were estimated at USD 7.2 million.
Morgan stated that police and intelligence agents are expecting a “serious threat of terrorism,” thus London will be heavily guarded. This will include police spread throughout the throng, marksmen placed on rooftops and observation sites, and observers and observers positioned on rooftops.
According to the online news source, several areas of the city have already been blocked off, and it is expected that more streets will be closed before the funeral.
Morgan, who currently serves as the director of the London-based private international security firm Trojan Consultancy, predicted that London will essentially “shut down” for the late Queen’s memorial despite the fact that 750,000 people are expected to attend the funeral — significantly more than at Will and Kate’s wedding.
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The New York Post also claims that British authorities are closely watching radical environmental activist groups like Extinction Rebellion, which has been planning large-scale demonstrations across England with the intention of obstructing normal life.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also received royal protection after leaving their royal duties, which resulted in them losing their access to government-funded security. The majority of dignitaries who are there are probably going to ride shared buses, but some, like President Biden, will make their own plans.