The site of the Royal Wedding, Windsor, England, is a medieval city comprised of tangled streets and narrow alleys, dotted with balconies and rooftops. In other words: It's a security nightmare.
"For the security forces it really is a massive headache and a lot of planning, and time, effort and cost to prepare for this," Mark Billingham, a former member of the British special forces, told CBS News. "I was thinking, thank God I'm not on duty, to be honest."
Security measures at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are vast, and will cost about $40 million (the entire event is expected to total as much as $43 million). That's well above the bill for security at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which only cost under $9 million, according to Britain's Press Association.
More than 100,000 people are expected on the grounds of Windsor Castle, and every person will be screened, CBS News reported. A few weeks ago, security forces held a run-through of the event that rivaled "summer action blockbusters," according to Fox News.
At the 2011 wedding of Will and Kate, roughly 5,000 police officers were in place, Fox News reported. The number of security forces expected at Harry and Meghan's nuptials will likely be much higher. Police were given orders to "shoot to kill" on the day of the event, according to US Weekly.
Other security measures include a 48-hour no-fly zone over Windsor, and any drones spotted flying over the wedding will be taken down. Sharpshooters are positioned on roofs around the town. And roadblocks and barriers will be in place to prevent vehicles from coming near the crowds. "It is a hell of a job to secure," Dai Davies, the former head of royal protection, told CBS News.
Here's to a safe, secure, and happy day for all.
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