Royal crowd warning: 'Risks to public safety' at Balmoral, Windsor and Buckingham Palace

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The Government had previously issued a warning for those making their way to London in the wake of the news of the Queen’s death. It predicted “large crowds” that could pose health and travel issues around key royal residences.

A spokesperson said earlier this week: “We recognise that many people will travel to Buckingham Palace and other Royal Residences as a mark of their respect.

“We expect large crowds, which can pose risks to public safety.

“Those who do travel are asked to follow any instructions given to them by stewards and the police.”

They added: “We expect significant crowding and delays on some public transport. The public should check ahead and plan accordingly.

“As you would expect a number of organisations will now be making practical preparations including contingency planning for the State Funeral and related events.

“Access to some areas, especially in central London, will be restricted, with road closures and diversions that will cause delays to vehicles and pedestrians.

“Those who wish to lay floral tributes near Royal Residences in London, Windsor, Edinburgh, Balmoral and Sandringham are asked to do so only in designated areas, as directed by stewards.”

Transport for London predicted “busy services and station closures” near key royal residences over the mourning period.

It advices travellers to check their routes beforehand, and allow extra time to make their way to their destinations.

The Scottish Government advised: “The expectation is that Public Services will continue as usual throughout the mourning period. 

“However, there may be some localised impact on services; members of the public are therefore advised to check with the appropriate public service for further information.”

Thames Valley Police described an “increase in visitors to Windsor”, urging those going to the royal residence in Windsor to check the most up-to-date travel information.

It tweeted: “Public car parks are expected to fill up quickly and there may be delays getting into the town.”

They reiterated the force are maintaining a strong public presence as mourners gather.

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