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The Queen strikes back: Star Wars denied permission to film in Windsor Great Park

The Crown Estate decided the production "wasn't right" for the Royal Park

The Force is not strong in Berkshire as the producers of Star Wars were denied permission to film on royal land.

The makers of the blockbuster series approached the Crown Estate "a few years ago", asking for permission to shoot scenes for an upcoming film in Windsor Great Park , in Berkshire.

But Nick Day, the Crown Estate's head of commercial operations, has revealed the request "wasn't right" for the 5,000-acre Royal Park.

Mr Day told BBC Radio Berkshire: "Star Wars was just such a huge thing that the risk for the park was just too great.

"The location they were interested in wasn't suitable for large numbers of people in there.

"Our priority is to maintain and protect Windsor Great Park."

The park, which was Windsor Castle's private hunting ground, has featured in several high-profile films, including Bridget Jones's Baby, Into The Woods and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Most recently, it has been used as the 100 Acre Wood, home of Winnie-the-Pooh, for the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin .

The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park(Image: UGC TMS)

Mr Day said he turns down at least "eight out of ten" film location requests, and would not be swayed by big names or big budgets.

"If it doesn't work for here then, no matter who you are, I'm afraid that dollars, bright lights and names don't sway us," he said.

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