Visitors to the west London palace, once home to Princess Diana3 , must now have their bags checked every time they enter the cafe and gift shop in measures introduced after the UK threat level was briefly raised to critical.
However, the recent changes concern the public areas of the building where an estimated 400,000 visitors flock every year.
The new measures come after the UK threat level temporarily increased (Image: Getty) Tourists must now have their bags checked every time they go into the cafe or gift shop (Image: Daily Mirror)
The palace is currently home to the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story which is attracting high volumes of visitors as people remember the princess on the 20th anniversary of her death. It also hosts an exhibition on Queen Victoria and offers the chance to view Royal Collection artwork in The King s Gallery. A sign outside the cafe and shop now reads: Please wait here for mandatory bag searches and security checks.
Please note that bags will be searched upon every re-entry of the palace cafe.
A source said the measures were introduced in May after the threat level was briefly raised to critical following the Manchester bombing5 and remain in place despite the threat level since being lowered.
Princess Diana once called Kensington Palace her home (Image: PA) Kensington Palace is currently showing the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story (Image: Getty)
It currently remains at the second highest level of severe meaning at attack is highly likely . It is not known if security surrounding the royals has also been stepped up as this information is never made public by royal officials or the MET Police. Bag searches are also in place at other sites managed by Historic Royal Palaces including the Tower of London.
A Historic Royal Palaces spokesperson said: The safety and security of our visitors is our highest priority.
We have a range of security measures in place across our sites, which are subject to constant review based on the information available to us.
We continue to review our existing security arrangements and, where appropriate, put in place additional measures.
Armed cops surround Celtic’s Lisbon Lions bash as security is ramped up at Glasgow’s Hydro in wake of Manchester …
RING OF STEEL
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues and full body searches before the event kicked off as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances
A RING of steel was thrown around Celtic s Lisbon Lions 50th anniversary bash celebrations after a security clampdown at the Glasgow Hydro venue. Rocker Sir Rod Stewart and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson are headlining the glitzy event1 held in honour of the first British team to win the European cup.
News Group Newspapers Ltd
Armed officers around the arena ahead of the show
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues before the event kicked off at the sold-out 13,000 capacity arena as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances. The extra security was drafted in after the Manchester terror bombing2 that claimed the life of Scot Eilidh MacLeod, 14, 3and left several others injured, some of them seriously.
Celtic beat Inter Milan to become the first British side to lift the European Cup
SECURITY AMPED UP
‘SHE’S A FIGHTER’
‘WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE HER’
TAKE A BOW
THE FALLOWFIELD BOMB FACTORY
‘DOCS SAID IT WAS STRESS’
MIND THE GAP
HAVE THEY FOUND BOMB FACTORY?
JIHAD WIFI HALTS FLIGHT
‘WE ARE devastated’
SCOTLAND TERROR REVIEW
TOWN ON ALERT
Fans turning up at the bash faced having full body searches as security staff remained on high alert. However, Hoops supporters didn t seem to mind as many praised venue bosses for tightening security following the blast horror. Hoops fan Paul MacArthur, 50, said: There wasn t really many folk moaning about it the queue moved quite quickly.
There were a few grumbles from one or two people but I think that would have been totally different a few days ago.
One woman next to me in the queue said she would happily go through several security checks because she was so nervous about coming along after what happened in Manchester.
There wasn t a lot of negativity about it . People expected it.
What happened in Manchester is still so fresh and a lot of people were worried about coming to this event at the Hydro . It s one of the first high-profile concerts anywhere in Britain since the attack.
Fair play to the Hydro they got things moving quickly.
He added: It was surprising to see men and women being split into separate queues so they could be patted down by a member of staff of the same sex.
When we turned up and saw the queue we thought we were going to be in it for ages but there wasn t a huge delay . We never really stopped walking.
We got an earlier train than planned and we re glad we did because there was still loads of people behind us.
We were probably in the queue for 20 minutes . It could have been worse it could have been raining.
Rod Stewart is set to play the Hydro bash tonight
The sun was out and lots of folk were singing so the atmosphere was great. We told how security is under urgent review across Scotland4 after 22 people were killed and 59 left injured in the bomb blast at the Ariana Grande gig.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Event Campus said: The Scottish Event Campus is entering a very busy period with events in The SSE Hydro, The Armadillo and the SEC Centre over the next few days.
South West News Service
Emergency crews at the scene of the terror attack in Manchester
The safety of the public attending events on our Campus is paramount.
We have been liaising with the appropriate authorities including Police Scotland.
Security measures at the Campus have been enhanced including carrying out bag searches and full body searches.
News Group Newspapers Ltd
Armed police have been deployed across Scotland in light of the bomb blast
Only small bags (35cm x 40cm) will be permitted into The SSE Hydro and The Armadillo.
Larger bags may be checked into the cloakroom in the SEC Centre and will be searched. They continued: At certain times, ticket checks will take place at entry points to the Campus with some access routes (such as the walkway to the station) restricted to ticket holders only.
These arrangements will mean that entry to the venues will take longer and therefore we would strongly encourage visitors to arrive early to allow time for access to the events. The move follows in the footsteps of other music venues in Scotland who have also increased security including Glasgow s O2 Academy.
We pay for your stories and videos ! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun Online ?
Email us at
Breaking: Paris’ Orly airport evacuated as ‘man shot dead by security forces after trying to grab soldier’s gun’
Paris’ Orly airport has been evacuated after a man was shot dead after he allegedly tried to grab a soldier’s firearm. A soldier fired at the man who was then detained by security forces, as police did a sweep of the airport in search of potential accomplices or explosives. The man was later pronounced dead, AFP and BFM TV reported.
Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal on Saturday morning and police were carrying out a security operation as they were told to flee. A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: “Ongoing police operation . Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions.”
Passengers who were scheduled to catch flights later in the day were told not to come to the airport.
Emergency services outside Orly airport south of Paris (Photo: Twitter) Orly airport is located south of Paris (Photo: Twitter)
An airport official added: “Ongoing special operation by the Police . Please follow their instructions . Do not come to the airport.”
One passenger wrote on Twitter that shots had been fired in the south terminal.
France has been under a state of emergency following a series of deadly terror attacks across the country.
We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.
For the latest news and breaking news visit Mirror.co.uk/news1 . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @DailyMirror – the official Daily Mirror & Mirror Online Twitter account – real news in real time.
We’re also on Facebook/dailymirror – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout the day from the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Mirror Online.