Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

Operation London Bridge

The plan in place for the days and weeks after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing is known as “Operation London Bridge”.

Since 1952, the Queen Elizabeth has been sitting on the throne of the United Kingdom. That makes her monarch,  the longest reign in British history ever. She’s witnessed over a dozen UK prime leaders, nearly 20 Summer Olympics, and over half a dozen popes during that time.

The Queen is the Commonwealth’s cornerstone, patron of around 600 organizations and charities, and a key figure in the United Kingdom’s international alliances.

As a result, her death will result in a great deal of change. Not only for the UK, but for the rest of the world.

The Right Honorable Edward Young, her private secretary, will promptly pass a message to the acting prime minister at the time. “London Bridge is down,” the message will most likely say, prompting the prime minister to launch Operation London Bridge. Over a secure channel, the 15 governments outside of the United Kingdom where the Queen is head of state will be informed within minutes.

This will be followed by the other 36 Commonwealth nations and leaders around the world. The gates of Buckingham Palace will then dawn a black-edged notice of the news.

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Buckingham Palace – Residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the UK.

At the same time, a newsflash will be sent out to the world’s media. Every news outlet is ready for the breaking news. Every radio station has a network of lights that will flash in the event of a national disaster.

All the regular BBC shows will stop and proceed to run a feed dedicated to the sad news. The traditional red BBC News branding will turn black, and newsreaders will change into the black suits and apparel that are kept on hand at all times in the news studio. 

Days of coverage have been prepared by newspapers, television stations, and radio stations. 

A New King! 

The Queen’s eldest son, Charles, will succeed to the throne on the same day as his mother’s passing. The stock exchange, businesses, and stores across the UK are expected to close for the day out of respect, according to reports. Charles will deliver his first official speech as King via a livestream on the day after the Queen’s death.

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Prince Charles; Eldest Son of the Queen
Photo: From Wikipedia

In London’s Hyde Park, the government will swear its allegiance to the new king with the sound of a 41-gun salute. After that, King Charles (Assuming this is the name he chooses) will set off on a tour throughout the United Kingdom, meeting with leaders of government in each country’s capitals, including Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff, before returning to London. 

During this time, television stations will broadcast the many documentaries that have already been produced in the Queen’s honor. As a mark of respect, the BBC will not broadcast any comedy shows until after the funeral. Four days following her death, the Queen’s coffin will be carried in a military parade from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

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Westminster Abbey

Over the next four days, she will lie in state here, and King Charles, his family, and dignitaries will pay their respects. The doors will then open to hundreds of thousands of people who have queued up outside. The Queen’s funeral is expected to take place 10 to 12 days following her death. However, one thing is certain: the day of the funeral will be declared a bank holiday for the United Kingdom.

In less than two weeks, the stock exchange will close for the second time, and many businesses will follow suit. The bells of Big Ben will chime at 11 a.m. sharp, the country will be silent, and the coffin will be carried into Westminster Abbey, where 2,000 specially invited people will bow their heads in prayer. Following the service, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will be transported to Windsor Castle and then to St. George’s Chapel, where she will most likely be put to rest alongside her father, King George VI. 

An official coronation for King Charles is expected to take place on another bank holiday within a year of the funeral.

Overall, the Queen’s death is expected to cost the UK economy billions of pounds due to many bank holidays, funeral expenses, and coronation celebrations. In addition, hundreds of modifications will occur across the United Kingdom in the next few months.

The King’s portrait will be printed on new British currency, while the Queen’s currency will slowly be removed from use. The same will happen for stamps, passports, and police and military uniforms. 

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And the national anthem will be changed to “God Save the King.” Not to mention, how the world and Commonwealth will react to the new King could alter the British royal family forever. For example, there is growing support in Australia for the country to become a republic. And the Queen’s death could have heightened that public support. This could encourage other countries to follow suit, weakening the monarchy in the United Kingdom. 

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II will one day be upon us. Hence, the “Operation London Bridge” will be triggered, and arguably the biggest funeral of our lifetime will be witnessed around the world by billions of people. Not to mention, this will be the end of an era.

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