Scotland Yard officers have been praised for their successful policing during the royal wedding

Scotland Yard officers have been praised for their successful policing during the royal wedding

Home Secretary Theresa May has congratulated Scotland Yard for helping to make the royal wedding a success.

Mrs May told Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson: "This was a historic day of national celebration and the policing and security was critical to its success.

"The policing plan clearly worked well, with the vast majority of people experiencing an enjoyable and memorable day, thanks to the smooth way the Metropolitan Police were able to orchestrate both crowd movements and the logistical arrangements along the route."

Speaking on the day, Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens - who was singled out for praise by the Home Secretary along with Commander Bob Broadhurst and Chief Superintendent Peter Terry - said her 5,000 officers should be "immensely proud" of their role in the "happy and safe" event.

An unprecedented covert and overt operation at the royal wedding saw 55 arrests as a million well-wishers flooded central London's streets.

Ms Owens admitted there had been pre-event "nerves" with billions tuning in across the globe.

But she said the decision to carry out a string of pre-event raids had been "entirely justified" and the operations had been a valuable rehearsal ahead of next year's Olympics.