The Queen herself was actively involved the planning of her own funerial ceremonies. Buckingham Palace prefers to use code names for all royal deaths. The last time a British monarch died 70 years ago, the demise of George VI was communicated in code to Buckingham Palace, to prevent switchboard operators from finding out. The code was “Hyde Park Corner”. If you like our content please become a patron to get our bonus episodes, as well as our public episodes ad-free!
While everyone loves the Queen and wishes Her Majesty would live forever, one has to face the facts: Queen Elizabeth is 96 years old, she is in good health for her age but she does have some mobility issues, as any human would at 96. She had COVID-19 in February 2022, she recovered but she did say that covid leaves 'one feeling very tired and exhausted'. During the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, The Queen pulled out of some of the events due to “discomfort”. 1
The day she passes was code-named D-Day, and every day after that until she is taken to her last resting place. 2, 3
The second Her Majesty The Queen draws her last breath, Prince Charles of Wales becomes King. The British prime Minister is announced of her demise, he will hear the phrase “London Bridge is down”. From the Foreign Office’s Global Response Centre, in an undisclosed location in London, the news will go out to the 15 governments outside the UK where the Queen is also the head of state, and the 36 other nations of the Commonwealth. 4
The BBC, will activate RATS the “radio alert transmission system”, a cols war system that is used only in case of national emergencies or the monarch’s death.
On D Day +1, the proclamation of King Charles will take place – that is part of operation SPRING TIDE. His coronation will most likely happen about a year later though.
The queen will lie in state at the Palace of Westminster for three days, in an operation codenamed FEATHER. D-Day +9 is the actual day of the funeral, and everything will be closed in the UK - including the stock market – as this will be a day of national mourning. The nation will be silent.
The state funeral itself will be held at Westminster Abbey.
After the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, the queen’s body will be brought home to Windsor Castle outside of London, where many members of the royal family over the centuries have been buried at St. George’s Chapel.
Once Charles is king, the line of succession will change. William will move up and take the position of heir apparent.
1. NBC News. Queen To Skip Jubilee Event After Feeling “Discomfort”. Youtube. June 2022. ⇤
2. Sam Knight. 'London Bridge is Down': The Secret Plan for the Days after the Queen’s Death. The Guardian. March 2017. ⇤
3. Alex Wickham. Britain’s Plan for When Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Politico. September 2021. ⇤
4. Inside “Operation London Bridge,” the Detailed Plan for When Queen Elizabeth II Dies. Cosmopolitan. June 2022. ⇤
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