Queen Elizabeth, what the London Bridge plan foresees until the proclamation of King Charles

Queen Elizabeth, what the London Bridge plan foresees until the proclamation of King Charles

Just over a year ago, Politico had released one of Buckingham Palace’s best kept secrets, at least until then, namely the “London bridge is down” plan, London Bridge has fallen. It is about the long and complex protocol concerning the death of the sovereign, which came back to the present after the worsening of the health condition of Queen Elizabeth, under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, where the royal family moved to be close. of the sovereign 96 years.

At the time, the publication of the plan had aroused the indignation of public opinion and the Royal House, which had seen in the “leak” an unprecedented lack of respect. Indeed, now that the protocol is practically operational for all developments – BBC presenters are dressed in black in case they have to make the sad announcement – and it is possible to list the plan’s process.

Password “London bridge is down”: the communication of the death of Queen Elizabeth II will be transmitted over a private and confidential telephone line. His secretary will call the Prime Minister (in this case Liz Truss) and will only pronounce that phrase that marks the beginning of the protocol in the event of the Queen’s death, which is called, precisely, “London bridge is down'”. : London Bridge has fallen. Only then will the others be informed: the cabinet secretary and some of the high ministers and officials. The prime minister will then announce the mourning to the privy council office, which coordinates the government’s work on behalf of the monarch. Subsequently, Itamaraty will begin to communicate the news to the governments of the 51 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Internally, the day will be called ‘D-Day’, the ones following the funeral ‘D+1’, ‘D+2’ and so on. Only later will a press release be released. The first to receive it will be the editors of the Press Association news agency who will inform the whole world of the Queen’s death. The BBC, with unified networks following the interruption of any other broadcast, will be tuned to all news channels to follow events. The presenters will be dressed in black as a sign of mourning. On commercial radios, the various broadcasters will be notified of Elizabeth’s death with a blue light that will flash intermittently. At that time the news will be given to the line and only “harmless music” will be broadcast on the stations. Immediately after the announcement, a servant dressed in mourning will hang a sign of mourning with the news of the Queen’s death at the gates of Buckingham Palace and at the same time the Royal Palace’s official website will also show the same news. The same will happen with the social media pages of all government departments, which will also change their profile pictures with the departmental coat of arms.

Parliament will be recalled immediately and, if possible, will meet within the hour to hear the Prime Minister’s message to the House of Commons. The Succession Council will meet the day after the sovereign’s death to effectively proclaim the succession of the new monarch, which in this case is Prince Charles. His proclamation will be read at St. James and the Royal Exchange in the City of London, then 41 cannon shots will be fired from Hyde Park. Parliament itself will meet again in the evening to swear allegiance to the new ruler. Several floors were also prepared for the movement of the coffin.

The Queen is currently in Balmoral, Scotland. Protocol stipulates that if he dies there, the coffin will be displayed at Edinburgh Cathedral and later transported by the “Royal Train” to Buckingham Palace. Alternatives contemplated include, for example, that if Lilibeth died at Sandringham House or Windsor Castle, the coffin would be transported by car to Buckingham Palace within a few days. If the death took place abroad instead, her coffin would be taken home by the 32nd RAF Squadron and landed at Northolt Military Airport near London to be transported by car to Buckingham Palace. The coffin will be on display in the palace’s throne room for four days, before being transported to Westminster Hall and exposed to the public for four days.

The state funeral, celebrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be held nine days after the sovereign’s death at Westminster Abbey; when the body arrives at the church, the whole country will have to observe silence. After the funeral, the body will be transported to Windsor Castle where it will be buried in a prefabricated tomb in St George’s Chapel, where access to the press will be prohibited. As a last step, the plan calls for son Carlo to throw a handful of earth into the coffin of a silver cup. Since the time of Queen Victoria, obsessed with the ritual of her own funeral, sovereigns and their closest relatives have always been consulted about the ceremonial planned for her disappearance with a codename: that for George VI was ‘Hyde Park Corner’, that for Queen Mother Elizabeth, who was later used for Lady Diana, was ‘Tay Bridge’.

Source: IL Tempo