Police will be contending with security concerns including "threats to the Royal Family" ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral – as a fortified perimeter is set up around Windsor Castle.
Royals will pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel on Saturday, April 16.
Owing to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed to attend, with the guest list will be made up of senior members of the monarchy and foreign dignitaries.
Police officers and the town’s mayor have urged members of the public to keep their distance, and set up a ring of steel around the venue.
Thames Valley Police have implemented number plate checks, erected barriers, and deployed armed and mounted officers on patrol.
Graham Wettone, a Met Police veteran who spent 30 years on the force, discussed the officers' approach.
He told the Daily Star: "Any iconic event, state event, security event, processional event, always has a threat assessment.
"They’ll be looking at the usual threat assessments and liaising with the security services – threats to the Royal Family, threats to the state, threats to people attending.
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"That’s counter-balanced a bit because there’s only a small number of people attending it and it is in-house in a secure environment.
"They’re not in public view, they’re not a public procession."
Philip’s original funeral plans would have involved 800 guests and created "significantly greater" risks.
Mr Wettone continued: "There will still be a significant security operation around the castle to make sure the actual venue itself is secure because you could get people trying to get in."
However, officers will predominantly be concerned by the potential for crowds gathering.
They have already asked Brits to make a donation to a charity instead of laying floral tributes.
Sniffer dogs have also gone through phone boxes and drains as part of police searches.
Met Police officers will join their colleagues in the Thames Valley Police force to bolster the operation.
Mr Wettone said: "They work very closely with Thames Valley Police who police the surrounding area.
"You’ve almost got two police forces, I’ve worked there on dozens of occasions very closely with Thames Valley colleagues outside and within the castle.
"They’re highly experienced in working together at these sort of events."
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The ceremony is set to begin at 3pm after a national minute’s silence and is expected to last around 50 minutes.
At 2.41pm, the coffin will be carried out of Windsor Castle’s state entrance.
Three minutes later, the Queen will have a "moment of reflection" to look at her husband’s coffin from her car before it is taken into the chapel.
After the service, Philip will be interred in St George’s Chapel’s Royal Vault.
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