The protection and security of the Royal family has always been a strict and closely guarded operation. Rarely are its members seen without a personal security guard – and the family usually always travel in bullet-proof cars.
There’s even a team solely dedicated to protecting the UK’s most famous family within the Metropolitan Police force, the ‘Royalty and Specialist protection’ unit.
But now, the royals seem keen to step their security up a gear, and are employing some of the newest technology to help keep them safe – drones.
Catherine Middleton was spotted out recently at an Action for Children centre in Caerphilly, Wales, with a local officer in tow whose job it was to operate the drones to help keep the Duchess safe.
The drone-operated camera flew above the Duchess as she arrived at the centre in Pontypool, Torfaen, and while she greeted the crowds of young people who had come out to meet her. The South Wales police made sure to keep an eye on the surrounding industrial estate by using the drones.
This isn’t the first time drone cameras have been brought in to help ensure the safety of a royal family. Apparently, the Spanish royal family have recently employed the technology to help keep an eye on proceedings at their own palace.
However, in the past, drone-operated cameras have proved to be more of a nuisance than a protective device for the UK’s royal family. In 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were granted permission by the Civil Avation Authority to ban all aircraft (including drones) from flying within a 1.5 mile radius of Anmer Hall, their current home in Norfolk. A similar rule then later came into force at Sandringham, the Queen’s country home.
At the time, the Cambridge’s were facing increasing harassment by the paparazzi all desperate to get a glimpse (and a picture) of their young family. The pair are famously protective of their children’s privacy, taking strict measures to ensure that neither George nor Charlotte are photographed anywhere that isn’t a public engagement or appearance. It’s perhaps fair to suggest then that, given Catherine’s new employment of drones, the royal couple could well be looking in to using drones to protect their children in future…