Event / Project Details:

ISC was enlisted by the Natural History Museum to provide close protection to high profile dignitaries, including royalty, and event day security / stewards for the official opening of its new impressive Darwin Centre 'DC2'.

The event was officially opened by HRH Prince William of Wales and Sir David Attenborough and provided the forum for the first official speech of Prince William.


  • Consultancy and Operational Planning
  • Corporate event security / Stewards
  • Close protection security/escort services for the visiting royalty and dignitaries

ISC was enlisted beyond their staple duties of manned guarding provision to secure the high profile opening, held this autumn to mark the opening of the new £78 million second phase of the Natural History Museum's landmark Darwin Centre.

The event played host to an array of prestigious attendee's including royalty and politicians and thus required a respective level of security provision. This provided ISC with the ideal opportunity to showcase its renowned expertise.

From initial planning stages to the post event debrief, ISC was integral to every aspect of the event's security, becoming involved with Royal and other protection group's recce's down to liaising with police search teams.

The high profile nature of the event meant ISC wanted to make sure they had exactly the right staffing level and staff for the event. They agreed staffing plans with the NHM and the police, as for such a visit they must ensure they're bringing royalty into a safe environment right from the start.

ISC's carefully planned teams comprised of a mixture of door supervisors and close protection staff, making sure that the right staff were always in the right place at the right time.

ISC's Phil Harris was responsible for overseeing the event on the day and explained: "We had to make sure that Prince William's movements were timed with his security movements. As the royal visit moved through the Darwin centre, so did our security staff as required. We also had to make sure that the areas for the royal visit had close protection officers en route rather than door supervisors. It's all about escalating our staffing levels to what's required."