"London Bridge Operation" Procedures following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Sun newspaper reported that the official funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain will take place on the tenth day after her death in the chapel of King George VI in accordance with the procedures of the London Bridge Operation.

And the Anadolu agency, citing the Guardian newspaper, revealed that on the day of the Queen’s death, a series of events known as “Operation London Bridge” begins.

“Operation London Bridge, which has been going on since the 1960s, includes details of what will happen within 10 days of the Queen’s death, including where her coffin will be placed, how the Prime Minister will announce the news of the death, and how Prince Charles will spend his first days as king.

How is the public informed about death?

The day of the Queen’s death is referred to as “D-Day”, and each subsequent day will be referred to as “D+1”, “D+2”, etc.

According to the plan, a “chain of calls” would be made within hours of the Queen’s death to inform the prime minister, the cabinet secretary, several senior ministers and government officials.

The Prime Minister reports to the Queen’s private secretary, as well as to the office of the Privy Council.

The permanent secretaries of the ministries also receive a text to inform other cabinet ministers which reads: “We have just been informed of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.”

The Cabinet Secretary, in turn, sends an email to senior civil servants, the draft of which reads: “Dear Colleagues, I am writing with sadness to inform you of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.”

Following the receipt of this letter, flags were flown at half mast over Whitehall (a road in Westminster, central London).

As for the public, this is reported by the “official notice” that, according to the documents, the royal family will receive.

Pilots also inform flight passengers if the news is announced while they are in the air.

How is the government reacting?

The British Parliament, as well as the devolved legislatures of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be closed.

Once the Prime Minister makes a statement, other members of the UK government will not be allowed to make any statements until then.

They then meet with the new King Charles while MPs pay their respects to the deceased in the House of Commons the day after her death, and Parliament is suspended for 10 days.

When will Prince Charles take the throne?

The day after the Queen’s death, the Accession Council meets at St. James’s Palace to proclaim Prince Charles as the new King.

Hundreds are in attendance, including the prime minister and senior government ministers, all of whom must be in morning dress or long suits with black or dark ties.

At 15:30 local time, as indicated in the documents, the cabinet and the prime minister will meet with King Charles.

On the third day after his death, the king accepts condolences in Westminster Hall, after which the tour of the United Kingdom begins, where the first task is to visit the Scottish Parliament.

What happens to the queen’s coffin?

If she dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her body will be transported to London by the Royal Train in a process known in the documents as “the unicorn”.

If this is not possible, the body is brought by plane, and in both cases the prime minister and senior ministers receive the coffin.

On the fourth day after death, a rehearsal of the procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster takes place.

When is the funeral?

The royal family announces plans for a funeral likely to take place 10 days after the death of the queen.

The funeral takes place at Westminster Abbey, with a two-minute silence at noon, and he is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor.

Last June, 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, making her the longest-reigning queen in her country’s history.

Source: Anatolia + The Sun

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