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Concern as fans spot new security measures at major royal outing

As the British royal family reunited to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, all eyes were on them.

The King and Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were among the senior royals to reunite, and fans were thrilled to see them.

However, other keen observers have noticed a new detail that has raised some questions.


The royal family ahead of their procession inside Westminster Abbey
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Two men could be seen joining the formal procession at the back, behind Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, as the royals entered the Abbey in descending order of hierarchy.

The two can be identified as being part of a security detail based on their outward appearance. Fans also asked why the security detail was present because it was the first time they had ever seen one accompany a procession.

“Is there something going on in the background? What might have caused this alteration? “One enquired.

Although Buckingham Palace declines to comment on security-related issues, social media rumors continued.


The King has faced small gatherings of protestors in recent weeks
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Many pointed out that during recent visits, the King had to deal with some protesters, including one who threw eggs. Others, meanwhile, claimed that the rise was a result of Prince Harry’s ongoing criticism of his family.

Even so, the royals appeared content and at ease as they took in the service, which featured musical performances from the all-female Amalgamation Choir from Cyprus, West End stars Roshani Abbey and Nuwan Hugh Perera, and saxophonist Yolanda Brown.

Among the 2,000 attendees were dignitaries from the UK and the Commonwealth as well as the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, the prime minister of Samoa, high commissioners, and senior politicians.

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The family were nevertheless in high spirits at the service
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The King later hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace where his family once more joined him.

However, there was one notable omission. Princess Catherine was the only member of the original party not to attend – prompting further speculation from fans.

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