Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-ruling monarch in UK history – ahead of Queen Victoria, with 63 years on the throne. Nothing more and nothing less than 67 and a half years have consolidated it as a pillar of confidence in the face of the changes that have plagued his kingdom for more than half a century.
After his long reign, England is preparing for the worst. Nobody to speak of it, but the advanced age of Isabel reminds the English every day of the inexorable passage of time and the consequences to come. This brings us to ‘Operation London Bridge’, an action plan that will take place the moment Isabel passes away. According to The Sunday Times, in a story shared in July last year, at Buckingham Palace they have already rehearsed a first mock action. According to those present, “not for specific concerns “ but to be prepared. Regardless of the reason, this is how you will act according to the information revealed by The Guardian:
Phase 1: D-Day, the day of the death of Elizabeth II
According to the British newspaper, on the day of the Queen’s death, Edward Young, her personal secretary, will be the first official to convey the news. Via a secure line, Young will communicate directly to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that “London Bridge has fallen”. The news of the death will then be distributed to the various heads of state before being made known to the public. Once Johnson is informed, the global response center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will alert the 15 governments where the Queen is still considered the official head of state. Afterwards, the 39 nations will be informed where he is still a figure of political representation.
Finally, the announcement of his death will be shared with the Press Association of the United Kingdom and, later, with the rest of the media worldwide. Public broadcasters will need to contact BBC1 and, although private channels are not required to do so, they probably will. All comedy shows will be temporarily canceled and the host dress code will be strict. It is still unknown how they will communicate this news on social networks, but it is known that a dark background will appear on the official website, with a concise and concise slogan, thus making the death of the queen known.
Outside the palace, news crews will be able to meet in a pre-assigned area next to the Canada Gate. The two houses of Parliament will meet in the hours following his death and on the afternoon his mother dies, the then King Charles will make his first public speech as King. India, the national anthem will go from saying ‘God save the King’, to saying ‘God save the Queen’, all the flags will be lowered to half-staff and the stamps, bills and coins with the face of the new monarch will begin to be printed.
In the event that Elizabeth II does not die in London, according to the British edition of Vanity Fair, there will be four action plans according to four expected scenarios:
SCENARIO 1: If the queen dies abroad, the royal equivalent of Air Force 1 will move a coffin to the place of death, accompanied by royal funeral services, to return the queen’s body to London.
SCENARIO 2: If the Queen died on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, the body would return to London by hearse.
SCENARIO 3: It is the most complicated and refers to if the queen dies in Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, where she usually spends three months a year. In this case, several Scottish rituals will take place before the body returns to London.
Phase 2: One day after the death of Elizabeth II
The flags will be raised the morning after his death and at eleven o’clock in the morning, Carlos will be publicly proclaimed king.
Phase 3: Between one and twelve days after your death
In the 24 hours following death, Great Britain will enter a 12-day period of mourning that will culminate with the queen’s funeral. King Charles will travel across the country, with stops in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, to attend ceremonies in honor of his mother. During this phase, you will meet with different elected officials. On D + 1, Westminster Hall will be closed for cleaning and lavish and elaborate funeral preparations begin.
On the fourth day after his death, the coffin will be moved to Westminster Hall, in a procession that will go through all of London. When the coffin arrives, Big Ben will ring and the burning chapel will be celebrated for four days. The royal orb and scepter and the imperial crown will be placed on the coffin and visitors will be able to pay tribute to the queen for 23 hours each day. More than half a million people are expected to appear before the queen’s coffin.
In the early hours of D + 9, the Royal Jewels will be cleaned before the funeral begins and normal life will come to a standstill in London: businesses and shops will remain closed. Big Ben will ring at 9am, with the hammer of the bell covered in leather to keep the sound muffled for the rest of the day.
At D + 12, the casket will be moved to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral will begin at 11am. The media will be allowed to record the ceremony, but will not be able to show the faces of the Royal Family. After the funeral, the same carriage that carried his father’s body will return to Windsor Castle, where he will rest in peace.
It is clear that the death of the queen will mean immense changes for the House of Windsor. As we said before, Prince Charles will be sworn in as king, but what about Camilla? Most experts in the royal house believe that the death of the queen would automatically make Camilla a queen consort, but it is not so clear. The newly appointed king must decide if Camilla will be his queen.
As we raised a few months ago, the title of princess consort would be too humiliating and could suggest the idea that Camilla is not ready for the position. The goal is for the process to be as fast as possible so as not to convey an image of weakness.
What if Carlos doesn’t want to be king?
The death of the Queen will move Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to the position of heir to the throne, and after him, William’s three sons will complete the line in the order of their birth, including his daughter. : Thanks to a Commonwealth vote in 2011, Princess Charlotte will be second in the line of succession, after her brother George. What does this mean for Prince Harry, Charles’ youngest son? In 2013, before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had children, Harry was third in line. He is now the sixth, followed by Archie and the rest of the children he has with Meghan Markle. The rest of the heirs will be ordered according to the organization chart.
But what if Prince Charles dies before Elizabeth or wants to skip himself in the order of succession? As he has confessed on occasion, he is very comfortable with the position he holds for giving him greater “freedom.” While it is true that the prince has accepted more responsibilities in recent years that Isabel has reduced his schedule, he may want to retire; It would not be crazy since he is 72 years old. It would then be his eldest son, Prince William, who inherited the title. Although the Duke of Windsor has on occasion expressed that he would feel sad that his father had not enjoyed his reign, who can disagree with a king?