Specialist searches take place ahead of royal funeral

Officers from Thames Valley Police are carrying out specialist searches in and around Windsor as preparations continue for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh this coming weekend.

Apr 13, 2021
By Tony Thompson

Officers with dogs have been searching street furniture, including phone boxes, drains, bins and other items, as well as carrying out patrols in the town centre, the Long Walk and Home Park.

The force said it has put a range of visible and covert security measures in place for Saturday, April 17, when the duke is to be honoured with a ceremonial royal funeral at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

These include automated numberplate checks, CCTV and barriers to prevent attacks using vehicles, as well as armed and mounted officers on patrol.

The public has been asked not to gather by royal residences, to avoid meeting in large groups, to minimise travel and to make a donation to charity instead of laying floral tributes.

Reiterating the requests made by the Royal Household and the Government, the force also pointed mourners towards an online book of condolence to pay their respects.

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