Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The death operation of the 95-year-old monarch has been reviewed several times in media, in addition, many Youtubers try to set a vision for the expected costs of the Queen’s funeral for example. But, this time more details and secrets were revealed, in addition, several secret documents related to such an event were leaked.
So, through this report, the reader will come across every certain detail related to the one-day-to-be most-watched event in history.
Before narrating all steps of ‘The London Bridge Operation, the reader must know that it will be the first UK ruler’s funeral in more than 60 years.
However, there was a Royal funeral that was named one of the top watched historical events, Princess Diana’s funeral.
Reports said that it was watched by more than 2 billion people around the globe. In addition, Queen Elizabeth II is heading the political hierarchy for more than 20 independent nations and countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and dozens of scattered islands in the ocean.
How ‘London Bridge is Down’ Operation Begins?
If the Queen dies, the first one will be informed is her senior and private secretary. He will have several missions to do immediately after the Queen’s death. First, he will inform the Prime Minister, a number of ministries, and senior officials as the operation will require the cooperation of the kingdom’s whole arms!
Some documents added that the ambassadors of the UK and the leaders of the 54 Commonwealth nations will be among the earliest informed officials.
D-Day, Queen Elizabeth II’s Day of Death
This step is called “D-Day.” The first passage will be passed by Buckingham Palace, and the Queen’s secretary will be the name of the operation: “London Bridge is Down.” Next, Cabinet and Parliament will prepare themselves for two important stages: informing the public and the Queen’s funeral, and the succession of Prince Charles, the heir to the UK throne.
After that senior officials, and ministries will receive secret e-mails, saying: “Dear colleagues, It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.” At the same time, all flags will be lowered with respect to the most reigned ruler of the kingdom through history.
It is worthy to mention that all parliaments of England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland will be recalled to arrange the process of ruling the kingdom and the coordination with the monarchy until the end of the mourning period, and announcing the Prince of Wales as the new King.
Away from the recently leaked documents, previously published reports described more interesting details of the operation, and the reader may recognize some of them by recalling Prince Philip’s death operation ‘Operation Forth Bridge,’ such as the lighting of a blue-coloured lamp in BBC main headquarter to inform reporters of the death of a senior Royal member.
Shortly, all presenters will stick to black-coloured clothes, and male presenters will definitely stick to the black neckties, alongside suspending all entertainment-themed programs and shows and airing pre-recorded documentary material about the Queen instead.
All pages belonging to the Royal Family on social media will be flagged with black colours, and black banners will be posted on all official governmental accounts in England without publishing any details.
Previously emerged reports expressed that the BBC will be the first to air the news, but the recent reports revealed that the Palace will deliver the news to the public as it previously announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Period of Mourning, Announcing New King
Next, the family will announce the schedule of the 10-day mourning period. After that, the Prime Minister will be the first official to utter a speech to the public, and it will be followed by declaring a nationwide moment of silence.
On the same day, Prime Minister will introduce the new King to the audience, King Charles, and he will deliver his first speech to the public as the new King. At the same time, an honorary service of remembrance to the Queen will be conducted at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and it would be attended by ministries and officials.
It is expected that the Prince of Wales will head to Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales after naming him as the new King.
The second day after the Queen’s death, D-Day+1, the Accession Council will gather at St. James Palace with the new King to confirm his coronation. Hundreds of senior officials, and Royal members can attend the event, and they should follow black and dark formal clothes.
After that, the parliament will pass a message of condolence to the new King before suspending all its activities for 10 days. On the other hand, the Prime Minister and the whole cabinet members will have a meeting with the new King.
Regarding the activities of the following day, D-Day+2, they all will be dedicated to the Queen’s coffin.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Body Route
There are some complicated details related to the Queen’s coffin. For example, if she dies in her usual residence, her body will remain at Buckingham Palace to give her family the chance to spend more time with her. Next, it will be transported to Westminister Hall to give the public the chance to bid farewell to the Queen.
However, if her Majesty dies at Sandringham, Eastern England, her body will be transported by the Royal train to St. Pancras station in London, and the body will be received by the Prine Minister and the Cabinet members.
If she dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, a different operation will be activated. It is called Operation Unicorn. The code means that the Royal body will be transported by the royal train in case this option is possible. In case transporting the body by train is available, she will be carried by plane under the name of Overstudy code.
King Charles III’s UK Tours
Coming to D-Day+3, King Charles, whose name could be changed to King Charles III after the coronation, will start receiving condolences. After that, he will start his nationwide tours as he will head to the Scottish Parliament, and will have a service at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
In the morning, King Charles will receive the motion of condolence at Westminster Hall.
On the following day, D-Day+4, he will be in North Ireland to receive condolences at Hillsborough Castle and attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
On D-Day+5, there will be a ceremonial route on the whole road between Buckingham Palace to Westminister Palace as there will be a service in Westminister Hall after the Queen’s coffin arrived.
The Royal body will remain at Westminister for three days, from D-Day+6 to D-Day+9, and the public can watch the Queen’s body for 23 hours per day, and tickets will be issued for people who want to pay for watching the body of the Queen.
Aside from the public tribute to the body, several rehearsals for the latest preparation of the funeral will be conducted. While on D-Day+7, King Charles will go to Wales to receive condolence at the Welsh Parliament and will attend service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.
Challenging Funeral Preparations
However, the whole Department of England will be in a real mess as they should take care of each minor detail regarding the Queen’s funeral and burial, for example, the Foreign Office will arrange the arrival of the world leaders.
The Home Office will handle all security arrangements, and the government’s National Security Secretariat and intelligence services should be ready for any possibility of terrorist attack threats.
Moreover, the Department of Transport may face more challenges as thousands of persons will head to London to see the funeral which may threaten the logistics of London or the whole of England due to the presence of unprecedented crowds.
How Could Queen Elizabeth II’s Death Impact World’s Economy?
It is expected that Queen Elizabeth II’s death would cost the whole world more than 15 billion $ as all UK will be on vacation for at least 12 days, all stock markets will be off, alongside the exchange market.
On the other hand, all banknote papers that carry the Queen’s image would be replaced in the 50 countries that print her Majesty’s image on the papers. In addition, her name will be removed from all stamps, future official documents, and national anthems. Podcasts may use the name of Mrs Robinson instead of Elizabeth II.
Fortunately, the Queen is still in a good health for now, and she still operates all her Royal activities regularly.
The latest Royal funeral streamed on TV after Princess Diana’s one was for Prince Philip, 99, but, the services were exclusive for senior Royal family members due to the outbreak of COVID-19.