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Queen’s funeral: British police will face the biggest test in their history | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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I can confirm that this will be the biggest event that the London Police had to frame, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy told reporters.

It’s bigger than the 2012 Olympics, and bigger than the Platinum Jubilee weekendwhich took place in early June, he added.

The state funeral, the first since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965, will take place Monday at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. in front of 2,000 guests, foreign heads of state, world elite, anonymous people decorated for their associative commitment.

After a final procession, Elizabeth II will be buried privately on Monday in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west London, with her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip.

Police officers observe the public gathering at Windsor Castle, west London.

Police officers observe the public gathering at Windsor Castle, west London.

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More than 2,000 officers from across the country have been recruited to help Scotland Yard provide security.

The range of police officers, police personnel and all those who support the operation is truly immensesaid Stuart Cundy, before citing, among other things, our dog handlers, our maritime unit.

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Police will deploy more than 36 kilometers of barriers in central London, where tens of thousands of people are expected.

Regarding the number of people and possible crowd movements with people being pushed and run over, this is something that is constantly monitored by police commanderscontinued Stuart Cundy.

The facilities and the technology that we have, so that we can see everything that is happening from several different angles, is absolutely essential in terms of crowd controlhe pointed out.

In addition to a huge crowd to supervise, the many personalities who will travel to London represent a challenge for the order and security services.

This will be the largest global protection operation that London police have ever undertaken. »

A quote from Stuart Cundy, Deputy Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police of London

US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese and French President Emmanuel Macron have all confirmed their attendance, as have Japanese Emperor Naruhito and many representatives of royal families.

The police work with the UK government and other organizations well informed to engage with world leaders and their protection teams to coordinate plans.

Scotland Yard has already been called upon to monitor major events in the capital since the Queen’s death on September 8, with officers currently standing guard around the coffin of Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall, for example.

The police also frame the long queue, which was about eight kilometers on Friday, of people waiting to see the queen’s coffin.

So far 34 people have been arrested for various offences. None of them has been arrested for demonstrating against the monarchy, police insist. We have ensured that all of our officers deployed […] in London understand that it is clear that people have the right to demonstrateadded Stuart Cundy.

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