From Coronations to Corporations: The Hidden Nuts and Bolts of Major Event Security Planning


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When Queen Elizabeth was crowned in June 1953, the procession of dignitaries that followed numbered 16,000 people. It took the procession approximately 45 minutes to pass any one point along the route.

When she died nearly 70 years later, London’s Metropolitan Police Service said her funeral was the largest security event in its history.

The coronation of King Charles on 6 May 2023 promises to be a similarly high-profile and high-stakes event, despite Palace officials saying the procession will be “scaled back.” With heads of state from around the world expected to be in attendance, British authorities and their international partners will be working overtime to ensure the safety and security of all involved.

Like an iceberg, the security apparatus that will be visible on the streets – uniformed law enforcement officers, bomb squads, counter-snipers on rooftops, and protection officers – are only a fraction of the security measures that will actually be deployed.

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