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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Royal wedding: Harry and Meghan well-wishers to be screened by body scanners

The security operation will be one of the biggest in Thames Valley Police's history

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle. Frank Augstein/ AP Photo
Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle. Frank Augstein/ AP Photo

Police in Windsor have announced detailed security measures to protect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.

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.

People will have to go through body scanners to get to the town of Windsor in the lead up to the ceremony in St George’s Chapel on May 19.

“Residents, local businesses and visitors to the town can expect to see an increased police presence, police officers, both armed and unarmed, search dogs, the mounted section, the roads policing unit and the National Police Air Service,” a spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said.

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On the big day, anyone wishing to see the royal procession take place through Windsor will be subject to searches by the police.

Counter-terror measures will be enforced including barriers to stop vehicle attacks will be erected and a network of automatic number plate recognition that can check for vehicles registered on criminal databases.

British Transport Police will patrol train stations and carriages, while arrivals to Windsor train stations will be screened and searched.

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

The force said people "should be reassured and not alarmed” and that measures were “part of our measures to keep people safe".