Royal wedding security measures: Police given ‘shoot-to-kill’ orders

Police are on high alert in the Windsor town of Berkshire, England, ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday, May 19, Us Weekly confirms.

Authorities will do whatever is necessary to protect the British royal, 33, the Suits alum, 36, their 600 guests and the hundreds of thousands of fans who are expected to visit the area to catch a glimpse of the ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Armed police officers have even been given “shoot-to-kill” orders to ensure the area is safe after European landmarks such as the London Bridge and the Manchester Arena were rocked by a series of terror attacks in the past year.

See the police presence outside Windsor Castle for the wedding:

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Police officers patrol on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed police officer stands by outside Windor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Britain's Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Armed police officers watch over crowds on May 18, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Berkshire town, west of London will host the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle in front of tens of thousands of royal fans on May 19, 2018 where HRH Prince Charles, father to Harry will accompany Ms. Markle down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's chapel on her Wedding Day. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Police officers watch the crowds from a rooftop beside the castle on May 18, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Berkshire town, west of London will host the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle in front of tens of thousands of royal fans on May 19, 2018 where HRH Prince Charles, father to Harry will accompany Ms. Markle down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's chapel on her Wedding Day. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
Armed police patrol on the High Street in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Armed police officers watch over crowds on May 18, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Berkshire town, west of London will host the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle in front of tens of thousands of royal fans on May 19, 2018 where HRH Prince Charles, father to Harry will accompany Ms. Markle down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's chapel on her Wedding Day. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Armed police officers watch over crowds on May 18, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Berkshire town, west of London will host the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle in front of tens of thousands of royal fans on May 19, 2018 where HRH Prince Charles, father to Harry will accompany Ms. Markle down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's chapel on her Wedding Day. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
Police officers outside Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Armed police outside Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Police officers patrol close to Windsor Castle ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle on Saturday in Windsor on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Armed police patrol the Long Walk ahead of a military dress rehearsal for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Police officers patrol close to Windsor Castle ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle on Saturday in Windsor on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Armed police at the changing of the guard in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding this weekend. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
PC Jim Hyman (L) with Yury and PC Paul Shutler with Gus of Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Dog Unit in Home Park, Windsor, west of London on April 19, 2018, as security preparations get underway ahead of next month's wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers patrol on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. - Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I’m really pleased and proud to be involved in policing this event,” Thames Valley Police Inspector Andy Amor told The Sun on Friday, May 18. “Windsor is a fantastic town in which to live and work, and our officers are very much looking forward to Saturday and focused on making sure that the event is secure and enjoyable for everyone involved.”

According to CBS News, local police announced a 48-hour no-fly zone around Windsor, and any drones seen flying overhead will be taken down. Officials will also keep a close eye on the many apartments, balconies and rooftops that overlook the procession.

Former head of royal protection Dai Davies told the network, “It is a hell of a job to secure.”

Some reports estimate that security for the big day could cost upwards of $35 million, with the entire day reportedly totaling about $46 million. This would be a huge difference from the security cost for Prince William and Duchess Kate’s 2011 wedding, which the Press Association reported was nearly $8.7 million.

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A film crew interview a royal fan outside Windsor Castle in Windsor as thousands of UK and international media outlets begin setting up for their coverage of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A film crew on the Long Walk in Windsor as thousands of UK and international media outlets begin setting up for their coverage of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A temporary television studio is built outside Windsor Castle in Windsor as thousands of UK and international media outlets begin setting up for their coverage of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A temporary television studio is built outside Windsor Castle in Windsor as thousands of UK and international media outlets begin setting up for their coverage of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coaches in a car park near Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding this weekend. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Prince Harry and Meghan Markle teeshirt for sale at a shop in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding this weekend. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 14: Portraits of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wearing sunglasses are displayed on the window of a London Optician as the Royal Wedding mania sweeps the capital with a few days left until Prince Harry marries his fianc�Meghan Markle at Windsor Chapel on 19 May which is expected large crowds and worldwide media attention PHOTOGRAPH BY Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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