Queen's funeral: British police will face the biggest test in their history | Death of Queen Elizabeth II
Police mingle with the public queuing on Lambeth Bridge to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, London.
Bigger even than the Olympics, Monday's funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will be the biggest event ever policed in London, with leaders from around the world and huge crowds expected in the British capital.
I can confirm that this will be the biggest event London police have had to deal with, Deputy Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy told reporters.
It's bigger than the 2012 Olympics, and bigger than the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which 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, global socialites, anonymous decorated for their community involvement.
After a final procession, Elizabeth II will be buried privately on Monday in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, West London, to her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip.
Police observe the public gathering at Windsor Castle, west London.
Over 2,000 officers from across the country have been recruited to support Scotland Yard in providing security.
The range of police officers, police personnel and all those supporting the operation is truly immense, said Stuart Cundy, before citing, among others, our dog handlers, our marine unit.
Police will deploy more than 36 kilometers of barriers in central London, where tens of thousands of people are expected.
In this As far as numbers of people and possible crowd movements with people being pushed and run over, this is something that is constantly monitored by police commanders, Stuart Cundy continued.
The facilities and technology that we have, so that we can see everything that is happening from many different angles, is absolutely essential in terms of crowd control, he stressed.
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 London police have ever undertaken.
— Stuart Cundy, Deputy Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, 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 has Japanese Emperor Naruhito and many representatives of royal families.
Police are working with the UK government and other knowledgeable organizations to engage with world leaders and their protection teams to coordinate plans.
Scotland Yard has previously been Called to monitor major events in the capital since the Queen's death on September 8, including officers currently standing guard around the coffin of Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall.
The police also frame the long queue, which was around eight kilometers on Friday, of people waiting to see the queen’s coffin.
So far 34 people have been arrested for different offences. None of them have been arrested for demonstrating against the monarchy, police insist. We have made sure that all our officers deployed […] in London understand that it is clear that people have the right to protest, added Stuart Cundy.