Detailed plans to announce the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II have been leaked online. International site Politico He shared the main points of a document dubbed ‘Operation London Bridge’, which enumerates the key actions that must and are to be taken by British authorities and members of the royal family after the king’s death.
It’s worth noting that despite plans already made by the royal family to announce the death and the celebrations surrounding the event, Queen Elizabeth II remains active in her royal functions, even at the age of 95. She recently lost her husband, Prince Philip (1921-2021), to whom she had been married since the age of 21, in 1947.
Politico reports that Elizabeth is referred to in the document as “London Bridge”. Once his death is confirmed, authorities will be informed that “London Bridge has fallen”. The day of death is called “D-Day” in the document. There are plans for the next 10 days of the event, called “T + 1”, “T + 2” and so on until “T + 10”.
The first to be informed of the death of the Elizabeth family will be the British Prime Minister, the Secretary of Parliament, and some ministers and politicians at the top of the British political hierarchy. The official notice to be sent will be: “We have just been notified of the death of Her Majesty the Queen,” with a request for confidential action.
The plan aims to disseminate the information through an official royal statement. On the same day, Charles, Elizabeth’s eldest son, will meet with the Prime Minister and then address his subjects.
The day after his death, Charles would be proclaimed king at a ceremony attended by key British leaders. The second day after death will be a homage and preparation for the King’s ark. The third day will be marked by Charles going to the Scottish Parliament. On the fourth day he will go to the Parliament of Northern Ireland. On the fifth day there will be a procession in London and a crowd.
Between the sixth and ninth day, Elizabeth’s coffin will be on display at the Palace of Westminster which will open for 23 hours over four days. Meanwhile, on the seventh day, Charles will pay a visit to the Parliament of Wales.
The funeral will take place ten days after the Queen’s death at Westminster Abbey. There will be two minutes of silence across the UK. The coffin will be buried in King George VI Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The documents alerted to the measures that should be taken by the authorities, drawing attention to the potential overcrowding of the city of London, with the arrival of British citizens from various locations to offer condolences. So the ten days until the ceremony will be mostly preparations.
The document also specifies that social networks from all sectors of the British government must work together, and stop sharing any content that does not indicate death unless it is an emergency. Pages must adopt black mourning banners and change their profile pictures to their official badges.
The Queen’s funeral day will be a national holiday unless it falls over a weekend – it’s up to bosses and business owners to decide whether to give their employees the extra day. The document also notes that a standardization has been agreed upon with the media, whereby journalists wear black while dealing with death.
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