London police said the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth, when prime ministers, presidents and royal families will gather to pay their respects to the British monarch on Monday, is linked to the biggest security operation London police have ever undertaken.
The Queen’s funeral is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of London, as has been the case for other major events in British history, including the Queen’s coronation in 1953, the funeral of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965 and the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
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London’s second assistant commissioner of police, Stuart Cundy, said police were preparing for a wide range of events, from terrorism threats to protests and crowd dispersal.
He said the London police force would have the largest number of police officers on the city’s streets in its nearly 200-year history. Along with this, almost all the police services of the country will send their employees to London.
Specialist police officers will include divers, police dogs, mounted police, motorcyclist escorts, armed police and bodyguards to protect world leaders and members of royal families.
US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the most senior guests who have confirmed they will attend the funeral