London will welcome many people from around the world in the coming days as the United Kingdom prepares to bid goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II.
From prime ministers to presidents, the city is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people, with many Canadians likely to attend the 96-year-old British monarch’s funeral.
But with an incident of this magnitude, the British police are facing an “extreme security challenge” that is being witnessed for the first time by many present there, said Phil Boyle, an associate in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. The professor said. University of Waterloo.
âLondon, being such a dense, crowded and layered city already, offers or presents all kinds of security challenges, and then you add the heads of state and all the extra security they need. happens,” he told Granthshala News.
“It looks like a really huge security challenge, and it’s a huge security challenge.”
The death of Queen Elizabeth II has caused a wave of mourning around the world. As Granthshala citizens mourn their Queen, dignitaries and others prepare to descend on London for a state funeral on Monday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Governor General Mary Simon and Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ralph Goodell will be among Canada’s “official mourners”, Goodley told the Canadian press on September 11. US President Joe Biden and his wife are also attending the funeral, CNN reported on Monday.
As Canadians arrive at British airports, Boyle said, they should expect to see an “immediate increase in police presence”.
That security presence will likely be more visible as they make their way to where the queen will be.
âYou will also see a lot of security at train stations coming into London, perhaps increased security at train stations that are going to London to other cities and maybe even on trains,â he said.
“Some of that security will be open and visible. Some of that security will not be, and it will be part of a layered security approach that they like to take in the UK.”
Before the state funeral, mourners will be able to pay their respects to the Queen as she stays in state at Westminster Hall in London from Wednesday to Monday morning. Mourners in Scotland were able to pay tribute to the Queen before arriving in London on Tuesday night. The Queen died last Thursday at her beloved Balmoral Castle, which is in Scotland.
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For her to lie down in the state, visitors must go through “airport-style security” and there are “stringent restrictions” on what you can bring. The British government said on Monday. The queues to see the Queen’s coffin are expected to be exceptionally long. Police may conduct security searches in some parts of the queue.
Officials said those who get to see the queen lying down in the kingdom are allowed to carry only a small bag. Bottles of water, food, flowers are not allowed inside Westminster Hall while in state.
Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Tuesday it had banned the airspace covering Elizabeth’s funeral as part of overall security arrangements. It had published two restrictions so far, with an additional central London and Windsor ban being issued.
on 9 september, London Police said The public will begin to see additional officers stationed outside the transport hub, the Royal Park and in key locations outside the Royal residences in London. Road closures are being initiated in several places in Westminster.
“While we recognize that the closure of these roads may cause some inconvenience, they are necessary to ensure the safety of visitors to London and allow for planned formal events,” the force said.
“We will keep people safe with highly visible patrols across London.”
London, being one of the oldest cities in the world, has seen its fair share of major events. Boyle said that although the prospect of a monarch’s death is novel to many, there have been occasions where security has had to be beefed up to handle large crowds.
The most recent example would be the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, where London’s military presence was increased and new equipment was to be installed, including facial recognition CCTV systems, among other measures. Guardian those days.
âSafety and celebrations are not happy bedfellows. The trick we came up with with the Olympics is that you need to manage security in a way that is consistent with the dignity of the occasion, but without leaving anyone at greater risk, as much as they need to be,â said Bob Broadhurst, a former chief of public order at the Metropolitan Police in an interview with The Guardian on 12 September,
He added that the Queen’s funeral is complicated because “the Royal Family wants to be seen and close to their public,” which is an “absolutely frightening” prospect for those managing security.
Boyle said the British police could not secure the whole of London, and that if they tried, it would come at the cost of people not paying tribute to the Queen. Instead, police will rely on risk assessments to determine where they need to focus their efforts and who they need to monitor or seek.