Protesters who try to disrupt the coronation can expect “very swift action” from police who will have “an extremely low threshold” when dealing with them, a senior officer has said.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan told journalists that the force will not tolerate any criminal activity camouflaged as protest during the event.
A massive security and policing operation is under way that will see 11,500 police officers on duty on Saturday and 10,000 military personnel taking part in the ceremony.
The policing plan, dubbed Operation Golden Orb, has been re-examined after a security incident outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening when a man who allegedly had a knife threw shotgun cartridges over the palace gates.
Mr Adelekan told the PA news agency: “We’ve debriefed our plans after that incident just to make sure there are no gaps and we’re absolutely confident that we’ve got a plan that will deliver the coronation in such a manner that everyone will come to London and celebrate and there will be no issues whatsoever.”
Asked about how officers will deal with protesters, he said: “Our priority is around safety and security for everyone that’s going to come to this event, and we want to make sure that everyone enjoys it.
“We have an extremely low threshold for anybody or anything that will disrupt this event and what you will see is very swift action from us.”
New laws to curb protests came into force on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s ceremony but Security minister Tom Tugendhat said the celebrations will “showcase our liberty and our democracy”.
An official letter warning of the new powers was sent to anti-monarchy group Republic, which said its campaign around the coronation will proceed as planned.
Republic boss Graham Smith said it is “very odd” the letter came from the Home Office and described it as “intimidatory”.
He told the PA news agency: “We’ve been liaising closely with the police about the protest for weeks. We’ve had meetings with them.
“They’ve said very clearly that they have no problems with our plans. I just can’t understand why the Home Office thinks it’s appropriate to send a letter like that, which was anonymous in terms of no person’s name on it.”
Mr Smith added: “It struck us as intimidatory in a way.”
He said there are plans for 1,700 people to protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.
Commander Karen Findlay, who is Gold Command for the policing operation, said there are more VIPs for the coronation than there were for the Queen’s funeral.
She said: “It is an absolutely historic, unprecedented mobilisation for us in terms of scale, but most importantly the nature and specialness of this event to the public, to the service, and all our communities in London and actually the whole of the United Kingdom and globally.
“It’s such an event of constitutional, spiritual importance for us all to be involved in.”
A total of 29,000 officer shifts will be used during the days around the coronation, with specialist teams including armed police, sniffer dogs, mounted officers and marine officers on the Thames all taking part.
There will be an airspace restriction across London on Friday and Saturday as part of “an extensive security operation”.
As well as the coronation itself, there are 1,800 registered events taking place in London over the weekend.