08/03/2011

Kate takes SAS training against kidnap threat

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The Duchess of Cambridge's high profile within the Royal Family makes her a potential kidnap victim, which is why special security training is a must for royals. (Reuters)

You know you’ve really joined the Royal Family when you’re taught how not to be kidnapped.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, can reportedly now count herself among the graduates of a rigourous SAS-run course designed to teach key survival skills in abduction situations.

“"The Palace want to ensure Kate's new status doesn't make her vulnerable to attack.,” a royal source told the Sun in London. “"She has been well trained in what to do should the unthinkable happen.”

Many members of the Royal Family have taken the course, which is described as teaching “key survival skills such as noticing anything unusual in routine surroundings, how to react when attacked and how to build a relationship with hostage-takers.”

Among the skills taught are how to drive under pressure and pass on coded messages to rescuers.

Kate’s husband, William, took the personal protection training as a 16-year-old, learning how to fire a submachine gun in the process. The Queen, Princess Diana and Prince Charles are also graduates.

One of the most serious attempts at kidnapping a royal came in 1974, when Princess Anne was attacked in her limo by a gun-wielding man near Buckingham Palace. He was finally subdued by police.

The protection training is done by the SAS (the British Army’s special forces unit), Scotland Yard or the security service MI5. Royal Family members also have protection officers assigned from London’s Metropolitan Police.

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