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Queen's funeral is 'biggest ever anti-terror op' with snipers on roof and SAS on standby

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Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will be Britain's "biggest ever security operation" that will see the Monarch's body protected by a "ring of steel," including snipers and the SAS on standby.

Her Majesty, who died at Balmoral on Thursday, was transported by road through Scottish towns and villages with a heavy security presence surrounding her convoy to ensure safety ahead of the Westminster Abbey funeral, at 11am on Monday, September 19.

Up to 10,000 police officers are understood to be involved in what is being reported as the largest single security operation Britain has ever seen, with the Mail on Sunday describing the former monarch as being protected by a "ring of steel".READ MORE: William and Kate blasted by US reporter who is labelled 'pathetic and disrespectful'Reams of police and intelligence staff are understood to have cancelled leave to be a part of the momentous security operation.

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