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Windsor Castle No-Fly Zone
News Bytes 01/11/2022 17 Comments

British police have applied for a “no-fly” zone over Windsor Castle. The officials are reviewing security arrangements at the historic landmark. The arrangement is meant to enhance security for the royal household and British citizens living nearby.

Windsor has been home to kings and queens since the 11th century. The original castle was built after William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066. William had nine castles constructed in a circle around London to prevent anyone else from invading as he did.

William’s successor King Henry I first occupied Windsor Castle as a primary residence. Today, Windsor has been a royal residence longer than any palace in Europe.

Situated about 20 miles from London, Windsor Castle has withstood sieges, bombings, and fires in its nearly 1,000-year history. Princess Elizabeth was 13 years old when war broke out in 1939. Elizabeth and her sister Margaret left Buckingham Palace to avoid the intense wartime bombings of London. The sisters spent much of the war at Windsor Castle. Some royal experts say Windsor is the Queen’s favorite residence.

“This was not brought about in response to any specific threat or intelligence,” British police representatives say. But it “was intended to further enhance the security at what is an iconic location and keep the community living nearby safe.”

However, on Christmas Day, police arrested a 19-year-old man “within moments” of his entering the castle grounds. He was allegedly carrying a crossbow at the time. The Metropolitan Police say the man has been kept in a hospital under the Mental Health Act.

If the police request for a no-fly zone is granted, the restricted airspace order would prevent aircraft from flying up to 2,500 feet above and about five miles around the castle.

These days, Queen Elizabeth II spends most of her time in her spacious home. At over 590,000 square feet (more than 10 times larger than the White House!), Windsor is the largest occupied castle in the world. The Queen stayed there for much of the pandemic. She even remained at Windsor Castle instead of spending Christmas at her Sandringham estate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. —Romans 13:1

(People walk their dogs on the Long Walk at Windsor, England, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. AP/Alastair Grant)

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1st comment

I'd heard about the guy with the crossbow. I wonder how he got in...? Also this is the first time I actually realised how big Windsor Castle is!! More than 10x the size of the white house and that is already a mansion!

I just realised how amazing

I just realised how amazing it must be to fly over Windsor Castle and see it from above! If they allow this rule then this won't really be possible except from really high up.

3rd comment

I am back y'all! Have there been any really cool articles, deep discussions, or big debates?
I can understand doing this for safety. There is a no-fly zone over like the White House, Mall, and other areas of D.C. And yeah, I didn't realize it was that big either! You know, I am not sure how I would like having so many different places to live. I think that I would personally prefer to just pick one and stay there. I can understand vacations, but moving around and staying there for long periods of time, well, I think I like just one home better! :)

I lived in the UK so I've

I lived in the UK so I've been to this castle. Its really cool.

Comment the fifth

Wow. just wow. The whole world is paranoid now. French movie theaters no longer have popcorn, and now this. It doesn't even solve the problem. A no fly zone wouldn't stop an army of crossbow people from marching on up to the place.


Yea, it wouldn't prevent violence from the ground but it would help to prevent bombings from the air. I'm not sure how much progress will be made by just declaring it a no-fly zone, but It would probably discourage people to fly above it.

But if there really was going

But if there really was going to be a threat from the air, I don't think just making it a no-fly zone would prevent an air attack.


Maybe, But it gives the police an excuse to do something if someone does fly over the castle.

Amari, It could also be so that reporters with helicopters don't try to film from the air. I mean remember princess Diana? Her death was related to reporters chasing her.

It seems to me that something

It seems to me that something is a problem, so naturally, the government says, "What, a problem? A threat?? Absolutely not! Go away, nothing to see here, go back to your Facebook accounts and Among Us. Nothing to see here, nothing at all." Although, I guess you can't blame em. You tell a country that there's a viable threat, and about eleven and half times out of ten, there's going to be an uproar.


Nope. You didn't miss anything. We all agree too much. XD

@ Stefen @ Hesperus @ Riley, @ Morgan

@ Stefen Oh cool!! I live in the UK! Whereabouts did you live? I have only been down to London once and we didn't go see Windsor Castle but I'd like to one day.
@ Hesperus I didn't have the faintest idea what you were on about until I read your comment for the third time xD
@ Riley, I was wondering what had happened to you xD I thought, the cows must have rebelled on the farm and taken over the computer xD xD
@ Morgan, I think the same as Stefen, the rule wouldn't really prevent aircraft coming into the zone technically - they can't exactly block it off - but if someone does enter they'd get punished. Especially if they attacked (which I actually think is not very likely) there'd be more reason for the police to blame them for breaking rules.


@Addie: Haha! Ok thanks!
@Mirela: Nope, the cattle didn't rebel, we were just on vacation! :) But one of the young bulls did get out with the cows while we were gone and so some friends had to come over and get him back in the correct pen.


Super cool! I lived in Scotland, a little town called St. Andrews.

@Mirela J

Oof me. Didn't mean to be confusing there, but I guess old habits die hard.

@ Stefen

Ahh cool! We were planning on going to Edinburgh a couple of years ago, but covid interrupted things. Did you like it there? I live in Yorkshire.


Edinburgh was great. I've been there problem around 5-7 times. Really cool city. I've never been to Yorkshire, but its on my bucket list. I have been to the highlands. Have you ever read the James Herriot books? They're based in Yorkshire and are my favorite books. I live in Minnesota now.

@ Stefan

Oh cool - hopefully I'll be able to go to Edinburgh one day then! Are there any specific places there that you would recommend? Or just the city in general? My friend used to live in Scotland and I watched a video of her when she was younger and her Scottish accent was fantastic! xD What was the reason you lived there and now in the U.S? Nope, never read the James Herriot books, what are they about? I've been to the Lake District and the Peak District, but I only really remember the Lake District. I would probably be right in saying that they are both amazing places though!

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