Royals are guarded at Ascot races
THE Royal Family is being guarded by an armed police presence and drones as part of a massive security operation at Ascot.
It looks unlikely the Queen, 96, will attend any of the five days after missing the Epsom Derby on her Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Princess Anne, 71, represented Her Majesty at Epsom and was at Ascot last year, allowing her to return to royal duties next week.
Thames Police Tactical Commander, Superintendent Rory Freeman, said: “With the presence of the Royal Family alongside the many spectators, our planning with Ascot Racecourse Limited to ensure the safety of all participants was extensive, carefully considered and has been underway for some time .
“If you plan to be at Ascot during the event period you will see many of our officers from a range of teams including Mounted, Firearms and Road Police, as well as many patrolling on foot.
“Many of our security measures will not be as obvious as our drone unit who will be keeping a close eye on proceedings, but please rest assured that all our officers and additional measures are in place to keep you safe.
“Although we have many officers in the area, you always have a unique perspective from what you can see and hear firsthand.
“I encourage you to speak up and report inappropriate behavior by friends towards women and girls.
“Please remain vigilant for anything that appears suspicious.
“If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t, please tell an officer or racecourse staff member so we can look into it.”
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