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Pippa Middleton’s wedding: all the security rumours from ‘phone police’ to secret passwords and wristbands

Pippa Middleton1 s wedding to James Matthews2 has been described as the society event of the year, attended by a mixture of royals, sports superstars, celebrities and even members of the public.

But surprisingly, in this day and age of smartphones and social media, not one photo from inside the church or lavish reception has emerged3 , thanks to a range of heavy security measures.

While some – private security men, royal protection officers and CCTV – seem fairly standard, other rumoured measures verge on the bizarre, such as claims of phone police patrolling guests and issuing warnings, and special passwords created months ago. Mirror Celebs rounds up the security rumours:

Phone police patrol guests

This claim, which surfaced in the Daily Mail4 , alleges that a team of so called phone police were on hand during the day to stop guests taking any pictures on their mobile phones.

Pippa and James leave the church in a vintage Jaguar Pippa and James wed at St . Mark’s Church in Englefield

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Apparently guests were given one warning if they did take such photos, but a second breach could result in being asked to leave the ceremony. While it s all totally unconfirmed by either Pippa or James, the fact that ZERO social media snaps have so far emerged despite a guest list of several hundred means that either a) guests were happy to oblige or b) the phone police did a very good job!

Social media picture ban

As well as phone police allegedly on duty, it s reported that Pippa asked guests not to post any pictures to social media5 . If true, she certainly wouldn t be the first high profile bride to do so .

Other famed weddings rumoured to have instilled a social media ban include Kim Kardashian and Kanye West s nuptials in 2014.

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A source said before the nuptials: Pippa has complete control over the wedding 6 , right down to the finest details.

Guests have been told they will be banned from taking in cameras, although it is understood that they will be allowed to keep their phones . However, there s a strict no photos policy in place.

Pippa and James want it to be a very private event and do not want anything to distract from the fact they want it to remain a classy affair.

However, one guest who seemed to defy such a ban was Pippa’s uncle Gary Goldsmith, who merrily shared selfies of himself and daughter Tallulah7 ahead of the church service and in their car en route . He wasn’t in attendance at the reception, though, so didn’t post any photos from there.

Wristbands

One local, Elizabeth Mary Reeves, told BBC News8 that some lucky villagers were given silver wristbands with the date of the wedding enscribed on them, which allowed them access to the grounds of St . Mark’s Church and the chance to get closer to the wedding party.

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Spencer waits outside the church on Saturday Guests arrive for the wedding on Saturday

Special passwords

According to E ! News9 , wedding guests were assigned a special password three months ago that was unique to them . When they arrived for the reception, guests had to show photo ID and have their special password checked off a list. They had to send their passport photo beforehand for recognitiion.

Scotland Yard royal protection officers

With several senior royals in attendance including Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, perhaps it’s no surprise that security was super tight around the church and reception.

It’s reported Scotland Yard royalty protection officers were on hand during the day, while Daily Mail10 says armed police patrolled in a BMW 4×4.

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The younger guests in the wedding party dutifully follow Kate towards the church William and Harry were both in attendance

No-fly zone over venue

Again, with so many senior royals present, it’s reported a no-fly zone was imposed over Bucklebury and Englefield from Friday at 6am until Sunday at 3pm. ITV News11 reports that ban includes flying drones, aircraft, balloons, kites and parachutes.

Four ex SAS soldiers patrolling the grounds

It was reported that four former SAS soldiers now working in private security had been drafted in to help with security on the day.

A source told The Sun12 ahead of the nuptials: There s a lot of security . It s as tight as you can get . They ve had dogs out all night . Four SAS men have been plotted up and swept the place for the last few days . They are like ghosts . You d never see them.”

Extra CCTV installed

According to Daily Mail13 , extra CCTV was installed around the church.

A security guard said: “We are leaving nothing to chance.”

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Pippa arriving with dad Michael at the church

Harry s girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle14 , did not attend the church service but did join the fun at the reception later on. Other notable guests included TV presenter Donna Air, who is James Middleton s girlfriend, Princess Beatrice and tennis superstar Roger Federer, who attended with his wife Mirka. Prince George and Princess Charlotte served as page boy and flower girl.

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What everyone wore to Pippa’s wedding

After the church service at St . Mark’s, guests retreated to nearby Englefield House for champagne and toasts, before travelling to the Middleton family home, where a 100,000 marquee had been erected in the gardens.

As well as the usual speeches, drinks, gourmet meal and canapes, guests at the reception were also treated to a flyover by a World War II Spitfire15 .

The vintage aircraft buzzed over the skies above the 100,000 glass marquee in the Middleton family garden during the evening reception after the Middletons reportedly warned neighbours to expect a bit of noise and apologised for any inconvenience.

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  1. ^ Pippa Middleton (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ James Matthews (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ lavish reception has emerged (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ Pippa asked guests not to post any pictures to social media (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ the wedding (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ Pippa’s uncle Gary Goldsmith, who merrily shared selfies of himself and daughter Tallulah (www.mirror.co.uk)
  8. ^ BBC News (www.bbc.co.uk)
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    News (www.eonline.com)

  10. ^ Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  11. ^ ITV News (www.itv.com)
  12. ^ The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)
  13. ^ Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  14. ^ Meghan Markle (www.mirror.co.uk)
  15. ^ flyover by a World War II Spitfire (www.mirror.co.uk)

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

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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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Rolf Harris protected by masked security guards as he arrives home after he’s sneaked out of prison

Rolf Harris was flanked by three plain-clothed security guards as he returned home after being released from jail in the middle of his latest sex abuse trial. One of the bodyguards who helped Harris get out of a blue Ford car outside his home had his face covered with a mask. The entertainer, 87, avoided reporters as he slipped out of Stafford Prison in the early hours of Friday morning but was photographed as he arrived at his 5m property.

Harris – wearing eyeglasses, a denim jacket and blue jeans – exited the car and slowly walked up a set of stairs towards his home by the river Thames in Berkshire. Clear plastic bags containing personal belongings – including an Australian stamp collection, toothbrush, letters and papers – were carried into the house.

Harris is accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans A masked bodyguard helps Harris out of a blue car outside his home Three bodyguards escorted Harris into his 5m property Personal belongings are carried into the entertainer’s home

Harris returned home to be by the side of his sick wife, Alwen, 85, who was said to be in failing health in recent weeks. A source recently said that Harris wanted to be reunited with his wife as soon as possible .

Neither his wife nor their daughter, Bindi, 53, was seen outside the home when he arrived. Harris is on trial accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans, aged 13 to 16, between 1971 and 1983.

Harris will appear in person when his indecent assault trial resumes Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault Harris was granted bail following his release from prison A clear plastic bag containing letters and papers

On Thursday Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors Harris would be granted bail after his release from Stafford Prison. He had been appearing in court via video-link but will now attend the rest of the trial in person.

Harris s trial was not sitting on Friday so he will attend Southwark Crown Court, South London, when it resumes on Monday morning.

A box is carried into Harris’ home after he was released from prison Two of the bodyguards who helped Harris as he returned home Harris’ bodyguards carried his belongings into his home

Meanwhile, one of his accusers insisted she was not driven by money as she gave evidence yesterday. The woman claimed Australia-born Harris twice sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She alleged Harris squeezed her breast after he appeared on ITV show Star Games in Cambridge in 1978, telling her: You re a little bit irresistible.

Harris and his bodyguards were not accompanied by the entertainer’s family Journalists gathered outside Stafford Prison as they waited for Harris to be released Harris slipped past journalists after being released in the early hours

The artist also groped her in the back seat of a car, she claims. Jurors have heard she later described him as groper Rolf and a dirty old man . Asked if she had lied, she said: I absolutely have not .

One of the reasons perhaps it was easier for me to tell police is because I have told people over the years.

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She added: I cannot imagine how anyone would conceive of doing this for any sort of kick. Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.