Security around Pippa Middleton’s wedding is ramped up
- Pippa Middleton and James Matthews will tie the knot in Berkshire tomorrow
- Pair have been ramping up security efforts on the Bucklebury estate today
- Policemen, sniffer dogs and security workers were spotted making preparations
- While one officer accidentally left slip arrangements for today’s dress rehearsal
Police documents today offered a glimpse at the increasingly strict security measures surrounding the wedding of the year, as fencing, CCTV and sniffer dogs were installed on site for the rehearsal today. The guest list will include the second and third-in-line to the British throne along with a host of VIPs and celebrities, so the Middleton and Matthews families are taking no chances when it comes to safety and security. And a photograph of a policeman clutching a document with a breakdown of today s itinerary has revealed the extent of the ‘ring of steel’ surrounding Pippa s big day – from strict arrival times to the step leading up to the speech dais. It reveals a step needed to be added to the church lectern, while ‘protected principals’ – thought to refer to wedding guests – were flanked by security personnel ahead of the rehearsal. The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, who will tie the knot with her financier boyfriend on Saturday morning, has gone to great lengths to ensure security is tight on the estate surrounding St . Mark’s church. A security schedule includes arrangements for the marquee and access to the church itself ahead of the big day – including the security personnel put in place for VIP guests
A policeman holding a walkie talkie was seen holding a folder containing details for this morning’s wedding rehearsals .
The ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday A team of police, security officials and even dogs were spotted on the Englefield estate on Friday afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony. Two men dressed in black were seen installing surveillance cameras on trees lining the footpath which surrounds the picturesque Bucklebury wedding venue. A large police car was also spotted near St Mark’s Church, with metal fencing securing the guests’ route into the church. While Saturday’s ceremony will take place on the Berkshire estate, the bride’s parents are hosting the reception and have forked out for a 140ft-long glass marquee in their garden. Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton are believed to be picking up the bill for the lavish nuptials which are estimated to have cost anywhere between 200,000 and 500,000.
Security on an unprecedented scale is in place at the Middleton estate in Berkshire today as a ‘ring of steel’ is set up around the property
A police car is spotted near St Mark’s Church in Bucklebury, Berkshire just a stone’s throw from where Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ wedding is being held on Saturday
The officer was spotted with security arrangements surrounding Friday’s events . Guests including Spencer Matthews descended on the small Berkshire village for the rehearsal
Security men are seen installing surveillance cameras in trees lining a public footpath nearby
Taking no chances: The three men were seen climbing a ladder to set up cameras as a police car waits nearby . Saturday’s ceremony will see Prince George and Princess Charlotte act as page boy and birdesmaid
Workers were seen putting metal placing in place just 24 hours before the wedding . The guest list includes royals and celebrities including James Matthews’ reality star brother Spencer
It’s no surprise the couple, who got engaged last summer, want to ramp up security efforts; guests include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry. Harry’s girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, is also believed to be making an appearance after flying into London from her home in Toronto this week. Kensington Palace have also confirmed that Prince George will be a page boy and Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid. A Green Parlour florist van – the same company that Kate enlisted for the Royal Wedding in 2011 – was seen arriving at St Mark’s Church on Friday ahead of Pippa and James Matthews’s wedding. Metal fencing and rope will ensure Pippa’s VIP guests are safe on the big day . Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton are believed to be picking up the bill for the lavish nuptials
A black sniffer dog was also spotted in a van on the estate on Friday afternoon . Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, is also believed to be making an appearance
The last-minute preparations come after workmen appeared to be making some last-minute improvements to the church and gardens where Pippa and James will tie the knot.
The installation of the barriers comes after a fleet of Bentley Bentayga 4×4 were delivered to Englefield House earlier this week, which could well be the cars that will ferry guests from the church to the Middleton family home a few miles away for the evening reception.
A gardener was seen mowing the lawns for the second time this week, whilst workers were spotted cleaning and fixing the church’s sign – preparations that are thought to be taking place ahead of the society wedding of the year.
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