Mon, 13 Jan 2003 14:27:03 -0500
Panic Rooms For UK
Royals -- And Corgis
LONDON (Reuters) - Concerns over a possible terror attack have prompted
Britain's Queen Elizabeth to order high-tech "panic rooms" to be installed
at Buckingham Palace, a British newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Sunday Times said the secure rooms encased in 18-inch thick steel walls
would provide shelter for the royal family from bombings, gas attacks,
assassination attempts -- and even a direct hit by a light aircraft.
The rooms, which the paper said were ordered after a security review after
last year's September 11 attacks on the United States, would be equipped
with secure communications, and everything needed to survive for at least a
No one at Buckingham Palace was immediately available for comment.
Tom Gaffney, owner of Gaffco which manufactures the panic rooms, told the
paper each room would cost about $1 million and would be concealed from
But he said security experts would have advised the queen to take her
beloved corgi dogs into the room with her in the event of an attack.
"If you leave them outside, they'll sniff you out and their barking would
give you away."
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