Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

Queen to be protected by ‘no-fly zone’ over Windsor Castle amid safety fears

A no-fly zone is set to be imposed over Windsor Castle in a bid to beef up security around the Queen's home.

Aircraft and drones will be banned from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over Her Majesty's official residence from January 27.

The order will also make it an offence to fly within 1.4 miles of the castle walls. Aircraft breaching the restrictions could face prosecution, the Sun reports.

It comes after an intruder armed with a crossbow broke into the grounds on Christmas Day.

The Queen, 95, has spent most of the past two years living in her private apartments due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Plans were drawn up last year to implement the no-fly-zone after the monarch had previously complained about noise from Heathrow Airport, the Telegraph reported.

But now an order, made in October, is set to come into place later this month after legislation was passed.

The Civil Aviation Authority says it is in the public interest to impose the ban, which will be monitored by air traffic control.

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Fighter jets will be scrambled if a plane breaches the zone and fails to respond to radio warnings. Police who protect the castle round the clock on the ground will be given more powers to halt illegal drones.

The new regulation is called a 'restriction of flying regulations under the Air Navigation Order'.

Buckingham Palace is undergoing a huge refurb and the Queen is known to have visited Sandringham briefly only twice.

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But she has left the confines of Windsor to spend the past two summers at Balmoral in Scotland. Senior royals have been visiting the Queen every week since her recent health scare, creating extra security headaches.

The Queen has begged Prince William to stop flying his family together in helicopters as she fears for his safety.

Her Majesty remains on light duties since pulling out of four major events last year and spending a night in hospital.

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