– That is what you fear

– It has been several decades since so many world leaders were in one place, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan to the news agency AP.

Emperors, kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers, as well as other high profile guests are now taking their place in Westminster Abbey where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried.

The ceremony will take place in Westminster Abbey, before the Queen is buried at the venerable Wellington Arch.

As a result of the funeral, around one million people are expected to gather in London to bid a final farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

SERMON: Guests and officials begin to take their seats before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in central London, Monday, September 19, 2022. Photo: Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS / NTB

SERMON: Guests and officials begin to take their seats before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in central London, Monday, September 19, 2022. Photo: Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS / NTB

Worst case scenario: terror

– This is the largest operation that has taken place in this part of the world, and it is complex, says Eirik B. Rosø.

He is section leader for the Operative section, and chief of staff for crisis and preparedness at the Norwegian Police Academy.

According to Rosø, the fact that the funeral must be an open, accessible and inclusive funeral could be a challenge for security.

INSPECTOR: Eirik B. Rosø is a police inspector at the Norwegian Police Academy.  Photo: Police website

INSPECTOR: Eirik B. Rosø is a police inspector at the Norwegian Police Academy. Photo: Police website

– The worst possible scenario is terror. That’s what you fear, and that’s what you plan based on. One must have a plan for, and measures to put in place, should something like this occur.

In the past, Mayor Khan has said that the work to secure the funeral requires the same work as the London Marathon, the Carnival, previous royal weddings, and the Olympics do – combined.

Thousands of armed police officers and soldiers from both the UK and abroad are now in London.

All are part of operation “London Bridge”, which was launched when Queen Elizabeth II died.

Significant terrorist risk

In the procession, which follows Queen Elizabeth through Monday’s ceremony, are 4,000 soldiers, according to the BBC.

On the roofs are several hundred sharpshooters with a watchful eye over the crowd. Even more patrol at street level.

A police officer surveys the crowd from the roof of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on September 13.  Photo: RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP / NTB

A police officer surveys the crowd from the roof of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on September 13. Photo: RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP / NTB

Throughout the morning, bomb dogs have been sniffing actively in the area around the west and north entrance of the church, where several of the world’s most powerful heads of state are now located.

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In addition to Heathrow air traffic being regulated, the airspace over London is closed with the police’s anti-drone system.

Because the funeral is carried out with a backdrop. The level of terrorism in the UK remains “significant”, and an attack is described as likely.

The security forces are preparing for the worst: knife attacks, bombs and other types of violence.

The police receive criticism

More than 22 miles (36 km) of barriers have been deployed in central London to control crowds.

The public transport companies are preparing for jam-packed stations, buses and Tube trains as a sea of ​​people pours towards London’s ceremonial heart, .

There have also been reactions against the police in London, where several believe they go disproportionately far in their security measures.

AP News writes that the criticism has been aimed at the arrests of people who organize peaceful protests in connection with the death of the Queen and the accession of King Charles III.

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