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Top Secret 'Drone Blocking Technology' Deployed in London for Queen's Funeral

A no-fly zone has been set up over London, and security forces are deploying cutting-edge technology to stop drones flying near the Queen’s funeral.

Set to be one of the largest security operations in UK history, Scotland Yard is doing everything possible to keep services and queues running smoothly today.

At least 10,000 police officers, including 2,000 across Britain, guard the 23-mile route to central London and Windsor Castle today.

On the ground, many roads and bridges have been closed to traffic, and 23 miles of barriers have been put up to control crowds expected to reach tens of thousands.

In the air, the Civil Aviation Authority has established a no-fly zone over the capital, which includes a ban on drones.

To bolster this, security forces have reportedly installed top-secret anti-drone equipment in central London ahead of today’s service.

A no-fly zone was set in central London and Windsor ahead of the Queen’s funeral today

A policeman standing on the roof of a building in Westminster yesterday.Security forces have reportedly installed anti-drone devices on London rooftops to stop drones

A policeman standing on the roof of a building in Westminster yesterday.Security forces have reportedly installed anti-drone devices on London rooftops to stop drones

These machines, which work by blocking signals between drones and their pilots, are located on rooftops around Westminster, The Telegraph reports.

There are concerns that terrorists and people are targeting the crowds and the procession itself to disrupt the event.

The first step to prevent this from happening was to set a no-fly zone in effect until after today’s funeral.

London Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy has urged anyone who sees the unauthorized drone to contact police.

“I would like to remind the public in London on Monday that if you have any concerns or think someone is flying a drone, speak to one of the many police officers out there so they can address it immediately. Please.’ he said.

Thirty-four people have already been arrested in the lead-up to the event, and as of last week, 11 people have been called when they are not allowed to fly their drones.

Security forces are trying to keep the numerous heads of state, world leaders, royalty, foreign dignitaries, and thousands of ordinary citizens attending the funeral safe.

Operations chief DAC Cundy said the force would use “all available tools and tactics.”

The senior officer told reporters the “extremely complex” policing operation was the largest in the unit’s history, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics, when up to 10,000 police officers were on duty per day. I said yes.

Civilians line the streets supported by armed officers on the ground and snipers on rooftops. A helicopter and his CCTV help the commander monitor the crowd from the air.

About 10,000 police officers were mobilized to secure the 23-mile march route to Westminster and Windsor.

About 10,000 police officers were mobilized to secure the 23-mile march route to Westminster and Windsor.

Mr Kandi said: As one event, this is bigger than his 2012 Olympics and platinum his Jubilee his weekend. The range of officers, police personnel, and all those who support the operation is truly immense.

Drones are known to be used in major operations, with facial recognition software being used in London. DAC Cundy declined to rule out their use, citing operational reasons, but added that it would use “all the tactics and tools” necessary to protect capital.

A motorcycle escort rider, a mounted branch of the Met, a team of dogs, and Marines will be in place. The military also uses more than 22 miles of barriers in central London alone to control crowds and keep key areas safe.

Also, specialized SAS forces are expected to be on hand to assist in the event of an attack.

Armed police stand guard as people leave a prayer and meditation service for Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, September 9.

Armed police stand guard as people leave a prayer and meditation service for Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Friday, September 9.

A police officer looks into a sniper rifle from the roof of St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Tuesday.Queen Elizabeth rests peacefully there

A police officer looks into a sniper rifle from the roof of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Tuesday.Queen Elizabeth rests peacefully there

Dai Davies, former head of loyalty protection, said, “It also involves people trained in SAS and counterterrorism rapid response.

“They are strategically placed in military barracks and around the capital, where they serve as a final line of defense in case of attack.

“The biggest risk is a lone wolf or knife attack by an individual, which is difficult to predict. There is always the risk of a car attack, but there are barriers that make this even more difficult.

Tomorrow morning, the King’s Guard will begin its final vigil over the Queen’s coffin at 6am and Westminster Hall will close at 8:30am. The doors of Westminster Abbey, just across the street, open at 8am.

At 9am, Big Ben chimes loud and clear, before the hammers of the bells are covered with thick leather pads.

At 10:35am, the coffin is loaded into a state car and taken to Westminster Abbey, arriving at 10:52am.

Before the service, the bells ring 96 times, reflecting the life of Queen Elizabeth. According to Buckingham Palace, the service pays tribute to her Queen’s remarkable reign and her life as head of state, nation and commonwealth.

A televised funeral will begin at 11am, led by the Dean of the University of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

After being artillery-carried from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, state hearses carry the Queen's coffin west along the southern edge of Hyde Park in central London, past Queen's Gate and onto Cromwell Road. Then continue to Talgarth Road via Hammersmith Flyover, Great West Road (A4), Great South West Road (A30).  Follow the A30 to the A308 for the final part of your journey to Shaw Farm Gate outside Windsor Castle. There you will be greeted by a procession up the long walk to St George's Chapel.

After being artillery-carried from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, state hearses carry the Queen’s coffin west along the southern edge of Hyde Park in central London, past Queen’s Gate and onto Cromwell Road. Then continue to Talgarth Road via Hammersmith Flyover, Great West Road (A4), Great South West Road (A30). Follow the A30 to the A308 for the final part of your journey to Shaw Farm Gate outside Windsor Castle. There you will be greeted by a procession up the long walk to St George’s Chapel.

The service will be broadcast live on the BBC and ITV and in 150 UK cinemas and is expected to reach 4.1 billion viewers worldwide.

At 11:55 a.m., the country will observe a two-minute silence, after which the final post will play. The funeral officially ends at noon.

After the service, the Queen’s coffin is placed in the rear of the National Artillery Carriage at 12:15 pm. The funeral procession passes through Parliament Square, Whitehall, Constitution Hill, The Mall and arrives at Wellington Arch at 1pm.

The casket is then moved to St George’s Chapel in Windsor, arriving at 3:15 p.m. for the public to pay their respects.

At 4pm, a dedication ceremony by the dean of the University of Windsor will be televised. Meanwhile, the Emperor’s crown, scepter and orb are removed from the coffin by the Crown Jeweler.

A lone piper wails as Her Majesty is lowered into the royal crypt.

At 7:30 PM, Prince Charles and the Queen’s relatives will return to St George’s Chapel for a family funeral. There the new monarch sprinkles the coffin with earth.

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