Queen and Donald Trump pay tribute to veterans at D-Day event
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£3m Spent On Protecting World Leaders At D-Day 75 Event

The Home Office paid more than £2.5m of the total policing cost to protect world leaders at the 2019 event.

Queen and Donald Trump pay tribute to veterans at D-Day event

The cost of policing the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth last year has been revealed to be more than £3 million.

The event involved US president Donald Trump and 15 other world leaders.

A major security operation was put in place for the event in June 2019, including a security zone enclosing the site on Southsea Common with firearms officers posted in watchtowers and uniformed officers patrolling for weeks beforehand.

Hampshire Police has confirmed that it contributed £452,158 towards the total cost with the Home Office paying the remaining £2,562,230.

"Hampshire Constabulary was incredibly proud to play a part in honouring our veterans who made great sacrifices for us all," Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle said.

"We worked hard with our partners, the event organisers, local businesses and the community to help ensure it was a safe and successful event for everyone.

"The operation was among the largest in Hampshire Constabulary’s history and we deployed many different security tactics in and around the city to ensure the safety of all.

"This was achieved, which ensured the veterans remained at the heart of the very poignant commemorations."

Cover image: The Queen, US president Donald Trump and other world leaders pictured at the D-Day event in 2019 (Picture: PA).