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Security in Windsor Is Going to Be Intense Before the Royal Wedding

There will be a screening process for people entering the town in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials.
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The city of Windsor isn't taking any chances when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day. Today, the BBC is reporting that a "screening and search" procedure will be implemented in the town prior to May 19.

According to the news outlet, "Windsor will be cordoned off and people will have to go through full-body scanners to get to the town as part of the royal wedding security measures." It is unclear when this process will begin.

Additionally, items police deem a "security risk" including tents will be banned in Windsor in the lead up to the wedding, a measure which will no-doubt affect both royal fans camping out, hoping to catch a glimpse of the happy couple on their carriage ride, as well as the local homeless population.

The BBC also reports that "automatic number plate recognition technology, CCTV and 'hostile vehicle mitigation barriers'" are being put in place.

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Additionally, buildings in the town will be searched in the weeks leading up to the event, and if Windsor reaches full capacity, trains will not stop in the station. Tactical commander for the wedding Superintendent Jim Weems says he expects the town to be full by 9 a.m. The wedding will begin at 12 noon.

In addition to the 250 members of the military who will participate in the wedding pageantry, police officers, search dogs, and the National Police Air Service will be working in Windsor to keep guests and the public safe. 

"We are proud to police the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The force has a long history of policing Royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony to state visits and more recently Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday," Thames Valley Police assistant chief constable David Hardcastle said.

"The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle is no exception. We are working with our partners, local businesses and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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