Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Harry and Meghan are inviting 250 armed forces members to their wedding

Harry and Meghan are inviting 250 armed forces members to their wedding

"A broad range of visible security measures are already in place, such as the extensive network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers".

Once visitors arrive in Windsor there will be a screening and search regime.

If too many people descend on Windsor, the town will be put on virtual lock-down, with trains no longer stopping to drop passengers off at its stations and people turned away from crowded processional routes.

People will have to go through body scanners to get to the town of Windsor in the lead up to the ceremony in St George's Chapel on May 19.

Police say they are trying to balance robust security measures with a desire to allow the thousands of onlookers to enjoy the atmosphere of the wedding.

The operation for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day will be "amongst the largest in Thames Valley Police's history", the force said, as it revealed detailed plans for the event on 19 May.

Dogs and mounted officers will also be on patrol and marine officers will be conducting searches along the nearby Thames river.

"I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple's wedding day", Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, said in the statement.

Kate Middleton's maternity leave comes just in time for Meghan Markle to make her mark.

Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle, leading the security operation, said: "We are working with our partners, local businesses and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone".

The force assured residents that day-to-day policing and the response to incidents would not be affected by the Royal wedding.

The official printed wedding invitations were unveiled last week, while British-based pastry chef, Claire Ptak, was named as the creator of the royal wedding cake only days earlier.

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