Police booked 45,000 nights in hotel rooms following Queen's death

Police booked 45,000 nights in hotel rooms in 10 days following Queen’s death, Met chief Sir Mark Rowley reveals

  • The policing plan for the Queen’s funeral was the largest in the UK on record
  • Sir Mark gave the figure during his first evidence session as Commissioner
  • The public saw hotel prices surge amid massive demand for accommodation

Police booked 45,000 nights in hotel rooms in 10 days during the massive security operation following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has said.

The policing operation for the late monarch’s funeral was the biggest on record, with 10,000 police on duty and an extra 3,000 officers drafted in.  

Sir Mark Rowley gave the figure during his first evidence session as Commissioner with the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Wednesday.

He said: ‘I think we booked about 45,000 hotel room nights in over 10 days. Just because you’ve got so many people moving around the country on mutual aid.’

The policing operation for the late monarch’s funeral was the biggest on record, with 10,000 police on duty and an extra 3,000 officers drafted in (file image: police officers)

Police booked 45,000 nights in hotel rooms in 10 days during the massive security operation following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (file image: Police outside Buckingham Palace)

The public saw hotel room prices surge amid massive demand for accommodation in London at the time of the Queen’s funeral (file image: A police car followed by officers on horses)

During a UK visit by then US president Donald Trump in 2018, there were complaints as officers brought in to help in the capital were left to sleep on camp beds crammed into sports halls.

A visit by the US president the following year saw officers given a £50 allowance and hotel accommodation, after the Police Federation described the conditions the previous year as ‘unacceptable’.

The public saw hotel room prices surge amid massive demand for accommodation in London at the time of the Queen’s funeral.

Mourners booking a room in the centre of London for the night before the service were charged hundreds of pounds more than people staying a week later. 

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