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King Charles and Queen Camilla's extreme security features at private home revealed

His Majesty the King is well protected at his countryside estate, Highgrove House

The King and Queen visited Covent Garden
Rachel Avery
Rachel AveryHomes Editor
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King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla may be enjoying some downtime at Balmoral for the summer, but another of their summer and weekend homes is that of Highgrove House. Their Gloucestershire retreat is truly idyllic with beautiful features such as a stunning garden and stunning swimming pool. But it also has an array of extensive security features. Keep scrolling to find out more...

The security measures to keep the monarch safe include a panic room, a no-fly zone and special laws that apply to the grounds.

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When the Government introduced stricter regulations on trespassing in certain protected sites such as Downing Street, Chequers and Buckingham Palace, Charles' home in Tetbury was also granted this level of protection as he was then heir to the throne.

Another change made for King Charles' safety was the removal of any public footpaths running too closely to the property.

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The glorious estate from above

The public transport section of Highgrove House website reads: "It is just two miles from Tetbury to the Estate, but there is no proper public footpath."

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However, there definitely used to be a public footpath there as royal photographer Arthur Edwards once had a run-in with the royal on one.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Arthur relived the moment: "I'm walking along this path with a big telescopic lens on my shoulder and he came galloping up on his horse. 'What are you doing on my land?' he screamed and I said, 'I'm not on your land, I'm on a public footpath sir'."

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The late Queen had a panic room installed at the palace

One visible security measure outside the house is the large stone wall around the perimeter, and overhead the skies are protected from intrusion as there is an aerial exclusion zone for civilian aircrafts and this rule has been in place since 1991.

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Inside the house there is also a major security feature, a secret panic room should the heir and his wife need to use it in an emergency. There has been rife speculation about what could be stored in the safe space, anything from food supplies through to possible blood supplies that match the blood groups of Charles and Camilla!

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