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Police will be on high alert in the run-up to the King’s Coronation to ensure the Crown Jewels are kept safe from would-be thieves.
Thousands of officers will be manning the streets of London, while Westminster Abbey will be turned into a fortress to ward off a potential heist.
Undercover officers will mingle with the crowds when the King and Queen Consort journey to and from Buckingham Palace, while snipers, elite guards and the military will also be involved in a top-secret exercise dubbed Operation Tower of London.
The coronation, like the Queen’s funeral, will be one of the biggest events ever seen in the country, and authorities are leaving no stone unturned to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
A source told the Mirror: “The operation is huge, certainly in a similar scale to that of the funeral of the Queen.
“Every available arm of the police and security services has been dispatched.
“The exercise turns the Abbey into Operation Tower of London, focussing on maximum security and maximum lockdown.”
The King and Camilla have been rehearsing with replicas of the Crown Jewels, staffs and swords, which were created prior to King George VI’s coronation in 1937.
Security preparations are also underway to transport the Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy, to Westminster Abbey from its Edinburgh Castle home.
This will be the first time the sacred object will head down to England since then prime minister John Major officially returned it to Scotland in 1996.
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It had been sized from the Scots by King Edward I in 1296 and was built into a new throne at Westminster and used in coronation ceremonies from then on.
There are also concerns over protesters planning to disrupt proceedings, with Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden revealing he has received intelligence reports about potential disturbance.
“We take this very seriously,” he said. “I have been meeting with the Home Secretary, with the Culture Secretary, who has responsibility for the ceremonials.”
The Mirror also revealed that jamming technology to block drones from flying near the Coronation will be used on May 6. The Civil Aviation Authority has imposed a “no-fly zone” over Central London.
Counter-drone radar units will be set up on the procession route along with devices to block signals between pilots on the ground and their aircraft.
Rooftop teams with high-powered binoculars will also help spot troublemakers and potential terror threats.
Counter-terrorist specialist firearms officers, dubbed Robocops, will be deployed along with fast response units on motorbikes.
A source said: “There will be a special forces presence but it will be very low-key.”
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