Ward Security, one of the UK’s leading provider of security services, has supplied a team of sixteen operatives for a visit by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Folkstone, where the Queen opened The Wing visitor centre at the National Memorial to the Few in Capel-le-Ferne – dedicated to pilots that engaged in the Battle of Britain.
“A Royal visit is always a particularly complex and sensitive operation,” explained David Ward, MD of Ward Security. “This is made even more complex when a Royal visit includes more than one site and the party is on a tightly controlled deadline. It is crucial that people have access to greet Her Majesty at each site, but security needs to be carefully and professionally managed in a way that is not intrusive. Also, the Royal security team accompanying the party will need help in understanding the different sites and locations and potential threat angles, and this is further complicated if they have one eye on moving safely to the next locations. This complicates the logistics and planning, so additional security to that provided by police and the security services needs to be especially efficient and effective in its operation in order to provide adequate support.
“With a regional office in Kent, Ward Security has the local knowledge to make the process easier for this particular visit, but crucially we have the experience of working with police and the security services, which makes liaison, planning and delivery easier. Plus, as a company we have vast experience in providing security for a range of scenarios and operations, and our staff are highly experienced in delivering effective and sensitive security.
“However, it has also been a great honour to provide additional security for Her Majesty’s visit, and as a company we are proud to have provided our services for this important and historic visit.”
After opening The Wing visitor centre, the Royal party proceeded to Canterbury Cathedral where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh unveiled statues to mark the Diamond Jubilee, They also visited the memorial at the top of the cliffs, unveiled by the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1993.