'Ring of steel' for Harry's wedding due to terror fear

The next time you spot photos of the young royal will most likely be when she debuts her new baby (and a ideal blow-out), but her first official post-pregnancy appearance will be at Prince Harry's much-awaited wedding on May 19.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected in Windsor, west of London, for the wedding of Prince Harry and United States actress Meghan Markle on May 19, police said on Thursday.

Thames Valley Police called on the public not to be "alarmed" by the massive scale of the security arrangements in the lead up to the big day on May 19 in Windsor Castle.

More than 100,000 people from across the world are expected to travel to Windsor to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot.

Residents will notice more CCTV cameras, extra technology to recognise number plates and "hostile vehicle mitigation barriers" to protect pedestrians from terror attack by cars or heavy duty vehicles. Thames Valley is in talks with the Home Office as to how the cost will be shared.

The force also encouraged local businesses, communities and visitors to continue to be its "extra eyes and ears".

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Thames Valley Police said the operation, which will see armed police patrols as well as airport-style searches, would likely be the largest in their history.

Metal barriers will be erected in the Berkshire town to deter attackers from using vehicles, like the terrorist atrocities committed on London and Westminster bridges.

The force is working closely with Scotland Yard, responsible for the security of the royal family inside Windsor Castle.

The tight security for the forthcoming royal wedding has been revealed.

The royal couple announced this week that the Armed Forces, who have a special connection to Prince Harry, will be providing ceremonial support during the couple's wedding and carriage procession.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

  • Carlos Nash