British Royals Attacked -- Security Defended

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, react as their car is attacked by angry protesters in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. An Associated Press photographer saw demonstrators kick the car in Regent Street, in the heart of London's shopping district. The car then sped off. Charles' office, Clarence House, confirmed that

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, react as their car is attacked by angry protesters in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. An Associated Press photographer saw demonstrators kick the car in Regent Street, in the heart of London's shopping district. The car then sped off. Charles' office, Clarence House, confirmed that "their royal highnesses' car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening, but their royal highnesses are unharmed." (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Police in London say 34 protesters have been arrested, but they won't say if any of the arrests are linked to the attack on a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
The incident has left British officials defending the country's security practices, especially in light of Prince William's April 29 wedding. Buckingham Palace and the police are keeping mum about security for the event.
Students poured into central London yesterday to protest a sharp increase in university tuition fees. Riot police contained most of the protesters, but many small groups broke free.
One security expert says police and the royal protection squad should have ensured Prince Charles never came near the protests -- and most certainly not in a vintage Rolls-Royce. Alex Bomberg says the 1977 vehicle is not fully bulletproofed and can't make getaways.


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