In March, large-scale protests against government spending cuts broke out into widespread violence that left windows broken, several shops damaged and around 200 protestors arrested. Authorities believed anarchists may have played a role in sparking the violent outbursts. Just days after that incident, Scotland Yard announced it was bracing for threats against the royal wedding from anti-monarchists, according to a report by the Associated Press. Other anarchist groups in Europe claimed responsibility for letter bombs sent to government buildings in both Greece and Switzerland last month.
British Security Official: It Will Be a Long Day, 'But We Hope Very Happy'
Though the potential threats are numerous, former NYPD bomb squad detective Kevin Barry said the royals have one very strong asset, beyond tight security.
"What they also have is incredible public support for the royal family and a strong 'see something, say something' attitude," he said. "They have done this before, but it has been a number of years. It's like the NYPD doing a New Year's Eve gathering."
Trotter believes his men are up to the challenge.
"It will be an exhausting day for the officers in this room," Trotter said of the men in police command. "It will be a long, arduous day, but we hope very happy day at the end of it."