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.
Dozens of cyclists queued up this morning to receive free security marking kits for their bikes. The initiative was launched by The States of Jersey Police to help reduce theft in the island. Officers were seen tagging pedal bikes with a unique ID number at Victoria Avenue in Jersey this morning.
The security marking kits, funded by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, will make it easier for islanders to recover their bike if it is stolen. So far Jersey Police have marked more than 2,000 pedal bikes in the island. The States of Jersey Police tweeted a video this morning of one cyclist owner sharing her thoughts on the importance of bike security marking.
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The States of Jersey Police will be holding more security marking events on the following days:
The security boss of Liverpool s criminal courts1 is set to stand trial charged with causing actual bodily harm to a police sergeant. Former soldier Philip Mair, who works for international outsourcing company G4S, is alleged to have attacked Merseyside Police officer Sgt Mark Worrall on March 4 this year. Mair, 40, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning ABH at Chester Magistrates Court today and will next appear at Chester Crown Court on September 6.
He spoke only to confirm his personal details, while his solicitor Graham Polson entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
The case was moved from Merseyside due to Mair s role at the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts in Derby Square, which houses both Liverpool Crown Court and Magistrates Court. According to the charges the incident occurred at Peatwood Avenue in Southdene, Kirkby.
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Police had been called to reports of concern for a man s welfare, and after arriving at the scene Sgt Worrall suffered a wound to his chin requiring three stitches. Mair, of James Holt Avenue in Westvale, Kirkby2, works as a security manager at G4S but is currently suspended.
He was released on unconditional bail.