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Queen Elizabeth Il funeral security cost Rs 59 crore most expensive single day operation in UK history

The cost to increase security for the Queen’s burial on September 19 will exceed USD 7 million (about INR 59 crores). The protection of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, which will cost more than USD 7.5 million, would be the most costly single-day operation in UK history, according to the New York Post. The British Mi5 and Mi6 intelligence agencies will collaborate with the Secret Service, London’s Metropolitan Police, and other law enforcement agencies to secure the unusual number of foreign leaders who are anticipated at the funeral on Monday. “This is the biggest policing operation that the United Kingdom policing has ever undertaken,” Former Royal security guard Simon Morgan was quoted by the New York Post as saying. “When you look at the other events, they were big — the Prince and Prince of Wales’ wedding in 2011 was the biggest — but in comparison to this, you can’t compare it,” he stated.

The 2011 wedding of William and Kate saw extensive police presence. The New York Post reports that the police expenses for the 2011 wedding were estimated at USD 7.2 million. Morgan stated that police and intelligence officers are expecting a “substantial threat of terrorism,” so London will be heavily guarded. This will include police dispersed throughout the crowd, marksmen perched on rooftops and observation points, and observers and observers perched on rooftops. According to the online news source, several areas of the city have already been blocked off, and it is expected that more streets will be closed before the funeral. Morgan, who currently serves as the director of the London-based private international security firm Trojan Consultancy, predicted that London will essentially “shut down” for the late Queen’s memorial despite the fact that 750,000 people are expected to attend the funeral — significantly more than at Will and Kate’s wedding. The New York Post also claims that British authorities are closely watching radical environmental activist groups like Extinction Rebellion, which has been planning large-scale demonstrations across England with the intention of obstructing normal life.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also received royal protection after leaving their royal duties, which resulted in them losing their access to government-funded security. The majority of dignitaries who are there are probably going to ride shared buses, but some, like President Biden, will make their own plans.

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