The security for royal weddings is always intense, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's big day is no exception. On Friday, the Thames Valley Police announced the security plans for the royal wedding on May 19, which is already looking to be "among the largest" operations in the force's history.
As they confirmed in December, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will get married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. According to a press release from the Thames Valley Police, which is in charge of the royal borough of Windsor, plans will be a mix of strict security measures you can and can't see. Visible security measures will include an "extensive network" of surveillance technology, like CCTV cameras and technology that automatically recognizes license plates. In the eight weeks before the wedding, the police will also start ratcheting up its presence with armed and unarmed officers, search dogs, officers on horseback, a unit especially for policing roads, and the National Police Air Service.
On the actual day of the wedding, the Thames Valley Police announced, visitors driving and taking the train can expect to be stopped and checked. Then, they'll go through a"screening and search regime" once they arrive in Windsor. Any items that "may pose a risk to the public will be removed," the police force said, although they didn't specify what those might be.
“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," Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle, who's the strategic commander for the wedding, said in the press release. “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.”
In addition to the Thames Valley Police, other forces including the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police Service, the Surrey Police, and “specialist units across the country” will all be helping out with the operation.
All of this could end up costing more than $33 million, E! News reported earlier this month. According to E! News, that's how much it cost to secure Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, which involved snipers, undercover police, and month-long investigations from counter terrorism units. Because of Prince Harry's military background and a recent racist attack against Meghan Markle that left the police on "high alert," their wedding security could be even more expensive.