In documents received from POLITICS, Protocols for Queen Elizabeth II’s death have been revealed.
The very detailed plan called “Operation London Bridge” has everything in place from the moment the Queen dies.
From flag etiquette to days of mourning, the minutes cover every livelihood after the announcement that much of the public will find devastating.
What if the queen dies?
On the day of her death, the Prime Minister is one of the first to be informed of the monarch’s death. This message is delivered by the Queen’s private secretary and sent to the members of the Secret Council’s office.
MPs and senior officials will receive a phone call and email saying, “Dear Colleagues, it is with sadness that I write to you to inform you of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.”
This will come with an announcement on social media and the flags should be at half mast within 10 minutes of the news.
On the day of the Queen’s death, the soon-to-be-crowned King Charles will address the nation on a television broadcast.
The Prime Minister will hold an audience with Charles while the Department of Defense organizes gun salutes and a minute’s silence across the country.
The next morning, reports POLITICO, Members of the Accession Council will appoint Charles as the new King and a proclamation will be read out at St. James’ Palace and the Royal Exchange.
MEPs will also pay tribute in the lower house, according to the Prime Minister’s statement the day before.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will return to Buckingham Palace. The nature of the trip will depend on where she dies when her body is taken at Sandringham on the royal train to St. Pancras, where the Prime Minister and Cabinet members wait.
In these days King Charles will set off on his tour of Great Britain and visit the Scottish Parliament and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, then Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland and a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
Meticulous rehearsals for the funeral take place down in London.
On the fifth day, a procession begins that begins at Buckingham Palace and ends at the Houses of Parliament, then a service is held in Westminster Hall.
The Queen will then lie in the state for three days as members of the public visit to see her coffin.
King Charles will attend the Welsh Parliament and service in Cardiff’s Liandaff Cathedral.
The government will be putting the finishing touches to their funeral day plans at this point as hundreds of thousands of mourners flock to the streets.
Day 10: The Queen’s funeral
Employers are not required to give their employees a day off, although across the UK it will be a day of national mourning and a two-minute silence.
The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, followed by a funeral service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II is buried in the King George IV Memorial Chapel.
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