The moment Queen Elizabeth II dies, a plan called “London Bridge” will be set in motion. This plan dates back from the 60s, and Her Majesty herself made the key points.
We all know Queen Elizabeth as the ruler of the UK and Commonwealth countries. Her reign started in 1952 before even our parents were born.
Of course, we got used to the Queen and her husband, but since Prince Philip’s death on April 9th, many had to face the fact of life. The Queen is 95, and we all know that she will join her husband at some point.
The carefully constructed operation regarding the death of Queen Elizabeth is not a secret. In fact, here is precisely what will happen, from who gets notified first to mourning and passing the Crown to Prince Charles.
The Queen’s coronation
Her Majesty made history when she became the Queen since coronation was the first British coronation ever broadcast.
It took 14 months from her father’s death to officially becoming the Queen. However, her reign started as soon as George VI passed away, on February 6th, 1952.
For Prince of Wales, the coronation will be held months after his mother’s funeral. It is most likely since Prince Charles is in his 70s.
Similarly, his coronation will be broadcast worldwide.
London Bridge is Down
The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, will send the confirmation to The Prime Minister.
He will inform15 countries and 36 Commonwealth nations where the Queen is head of state.
Traditionally, the BBC is the first to break the news. But, today, it’s common for major news to go out to the world’s media at once. News agencies such as the Press Association might be notified at the same time as BBC.
All BBC changes will stop their programs and switch to BBC One. The country will go into 12 days of mourning.
Obituaries and documentaries are already ready, as well the newspapers headlines.
The Queen’s body
If Her Majesty’s body is not in Buckingham Palace, she will be moved there immediately. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead the state funeral.
There is one exception: if the Queen dies in Balmoral, a Scottish ritual will be performed at the royal residence. From there on, the Royal Train will take her body to Buckingham Palace.
Balmoral is the Queen’s second home and the place she spends at least a quarter of the year.
Prince Charles will be crowned within 24 hours after his mother’s death. He will speak to the nation for the first time just hours after the Queen’s death.
Since the announcement is most likely to come in the morning, King Charles will speak to the nation in the evening.
Then the Queen’s body will be taken to Westminster Hall in a military parade.
It will stay there for four days so people can pay their final respects.
Prince Charles on the throne
King Charles III should be Prince Charles’ official title, with Duchess of Cornwall becoming the Queen, though she expressed her wish to become Princess Consort.
However, since previous kings with the same name were not popular, Prince Charles might decide to use a different name. Many say that he will become King George VII.
Infamously, King Charles I was beheaded, and King Charles II was promiscuous. So, it’s no wonder that Prince of Wales is thinking about changing his royal name.
The Queen’s funeral
The Queen will be placed to final rest 10-12 days after her death. In the meantime, people will pay their respects to the longest-serving monarch, and there will be an exhibition of the royals’ jewels.
With King Charles (or George) ready to take over, the Queen’s funeral will be a state funeral and a national day of mourning.
This means that people won’t have to go to work, apart from essential workers.
The government officials will wear black during the time of mourning, and most TV stations will not play comedic programs.
Around 10,000 tickets will be available for her funeral or the proclamation of the King.
After the funeral and the mourning period, King Charles and his wife will tour the country.
Many ceremonies will take place
The day of the funeral and the following coronation will become national holidays.
Before the Queen’s body is laid to rest in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with her mother and father are buried, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries will have numerous ceremonies that celebrate the life of the longest-serving monarch.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be one of the biggest funerals of the century.
That’s why it is essential that not one detail is left aside. Even Big Ben will play a part, but that’s not the half of it.
This will be the end of an era. It is no wonder The Queen herself is the one who arranged all significant events.
But, for now, all we can say is: Long Live Her Majesty!