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Queen will be protected by a 2,500ft ‘no-fly zone’ around Windsor Castle

Queen will be protected by a 2,500ft ‘no-fly zone’ over Windsor Castle with ‘aircraft and drones banned and fighter jets scrambled for breaches’ amid security fears at monarch’s home

  • Aircraft and drones will be banned from passing within a 2,500ft altitude
  • Fighter jets will be scrambled if a plane breaches the zone and fails to respond
  • The move comes after Her Majesty was targeted at the palace on Christmas Day 


Windsor Castle is set to be protected by a ‘no-fly zone’ amid fears about the Queen’s security.

According to The Sun, aircraft and drones will be banned from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over the residence from January 27. 

Fighter jets will also be scrambled if a plane breaches the zone and fails to respond to radio warnings.  

The move comes after Her Majesty was targeted at the palace on Christmas Day by a crossbow-wielding man who was arrested inside the grounds of Windsor.  

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Queen has spent nearly all of her time living in her private apartments at Windsor. 

Windsor Castle is set to be protected by a ‘no-fly zone’ amid fears about the Queen’s security

The Civil Aviation Authority reportedly said it is in the public interest to impose a ban. 

Police will also be given more powers to halt illegal drones in the area. The new regulation is called a ‘restriction of flying regulations under the Air Navigation Order’. 

A man was arrested by police inside the grounds of Windsor Castle just minutes after Jaswant Singh Chail uploaded a video Snapchat in which he threatened to ‘assassinate the Queen in revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre’. 

He said: ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family. This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

‘It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race. I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith. My name was Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Darth Jones.’

The move to impose a no-fly zone over Windsor is reminiscent of the Queen Mother’s demand to have similar measures imposed over her Scottish Highlands retreat so she could enjoy her afternoon nap in peace.   

The move comes after Her Majesty was targeted at the palace on Christmas Day by a crossbow-wielding man who was arrested inside the grounds of Windsor

The move comes after Her Majesty was targeted at the palace on Christmas Day by a crossbow-wielding man who was arrested inside the grounds of Windsor

They royal, who was commandant-in-chief of the RAF Central Flying School, had bought the semi-derelict Castle of Mey in Caithnessas for £100 in 1952, intending to use it as a holiday home.

But official correspondence revealed in December last year that she raised a formal complaint on one of her yearly visits to the fortress and ordered one of her staff to contact the Ministry of Defence after low-flying jets disturbed her sleep, The Times reports. 

Staff at the castle said Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother would take an afternoon nap at around midday after her first drink of the day – a mixture of one part gin and two parts fortified wine.

A man was arrested by police inside the grounds of Windsor Castle just minutes after Jaswant Singh Chail uploaded a video Snapchat in which he threatened to 'assassinate the Queen in revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre'

A man was arrested by police inside the grounds of Windsor Castle just minutes after Jaswant Singh Chail uploaded a video Snapchat in which he threatened to ‘assassinate the Queen in revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre’

A letter dated August 12, 1993, eight days after the Queen Mother turned 93, confirmed the installation of a ‘special protection’ zone to not disturb the royal while she is in residence at the castle, near John O’Groats.

It reads: ‘Following your telephone call yesterday about low flying over the Castle of Mey while HM the Queen Mother is in residence I thought it might be helpful to confirm the arrangements that have been made.

‘The castle will receive special protection from low flying (which will extend to two nautical miles laterally and two thousand feet vertically) until the Queen Mother leaves on August 27.

‘While we can give no guarantee that aircraft are not seen in the vicinity, this should ensure that Her Majesty is not disturbed… Similar arrangements can be made for future periods when the Queen Mother is in residence. I understand that this is usually during the month of August.’

October 1955: H,M,Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with her pet corgi Honey at her Caithness home, The Castle of Mey which had just been renovated and modernised

October 1955: H,M,Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with her pet corgi Honey at her Caithness home, The Castle of Mey which had just been renovated and modernised

They royal, who was commandant-in-chief of the RAF Central Flying School, had bought the semi-derelict Castle of Mey in Caithnessas for £100 in 1952, intending to use it as a holiday home

They royal, who was commandant-in-chief of the RAF Central Flying School, had bought the semi-derelict Castle of Mey in Caithnessas for £100 in 1952, intending to use it as a holiday home



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