When the Message Comes ‘London Bridge Has Fallen
Buckingham Place announced on Thursday “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Many people are worried about the Queen’s health and wondering what would happen if the worst case scenario actually occurs in light of the recent news.
There have been decades-long preparations, codenamed “Operation London Bridge,” detailing how the public will be informed and what will happen afterward.
In this article, we will describe in detail what is involved in Operation London Bridge.
Even more so than in the case of the death of any other member of the Royal Family, there are detailed contingency preparations in place for the event of the death of the Head of State.
The protocols in place in the case of the death of a member of the Royal Family are referred to by code names.
Operation London Bridge is the codename for the Queen’s situation.
In September of last year, additional information about Operation London Bridge was published, suggesting that the day the Queen dies will be commemorated as D-Day.
Within 10 minutes of being warned and urged to display “discretion,” government offices in the United Kingdom will be told to have flags at half-mast.
Upon his mother’s passing, Prince Charles will assume the throne and deliver a national address.
The Prime Minister is expected to make the first formal announcement.
Prince Charles is set to begin a tour across the United Kingdom in the days running up to the burial of the Queen, which will take place 10 days following her death.
Politico reports that Parliament will be in recess for 10 days while the monarch’s casket lies in state at the Houses of Parliament for three days.
To inform the public of the monarch’s passing, the Royal Family will release a formal statement.
A phone call and an email reading “Dear colleagues, ” will be sent to ministers on the day of the monarch’s death. I am writing to share the news of Her Majesty The Queen’s passing with you.
Funeral arrangements will be made public and a black banner will be displayed on government and royal websites.
Before meeting with the Prime Minister, Charles will address the nation in a speech.
Officials will name Charles the next king the day after the queen’s death.
It will be a national day of mourning on the day of the funeral, but companies are not required to offer employees the day off.
A two-minute national moment of silence will be observed at noon, and the funeral will be place in Westminster Abbey.
The King George VI Memorial Chapel is where the Queen will be laid to rest.