When the British Prime Minister is told by phone that “London Bridge has fallen”, he will know that Queen Elizabeth II died and “Operation London Bridge” will begin, a complex protocol whose details were revealed this Friday by the site. Politico.
The “D-day” – as the day of the death of the queen was called – will begin with a cascade of calls and emails to relevant officials and ministers, the draft of which has already been written.
“Dear colleagues, it is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Her Majesty the Queen,” the cabinet secretary (the highest ranking official in the UK) will write to ministers.
After sending the message, all the flags of Whitehall – the parliamentary area – will have to be lowered to half mast in 10 minutes, something that Downing Street described at the time as “impossible” without the help of an outside contractor, something that would expose the first minister to “public anger.”
Political stresses that the 95-year-old monarch is in “good health” and that “nothing suggests” that these plans, to which she has now had access, “have been reviewed with no urgency.”
British citizens will know the news through an “official notice” issued by the Royal House.
The prime minister will be the first member of the government to make a statement and the other members of the Executive will not be able to pronounce on the matter until then.
On the other hand, the British Parliament, as well as the autonomous houses of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will cease their activity; will be announced a minute of silence at the national level and the Ministry of Defense will fire salutes from various locations.
Protocol in social networks
“Operation London Bridge” also includes an exclusive protocol for social networks, with the retweet ban on official accounts and non-urgent content. The black will bathe the social profiles of the government, as well as the official website of the royal family.
Undoubtedly, “D-Day” will be a hectic day for the prime minister, as he will have an audience with the new king, Carlos, and will attend the memorial service that the Cathedral of San Pablo will host in honor of the queen, a ceremony of intimate and “spontaneous” cut.
The protocol contemplates different alternatives, depending on the place of death of the sovereign.
If you die at your residence in Sandringham (eastern England) his coffin will arrive on a train and will be received by the Prime Minister at London’s St Pancras station.
If it happens in Balmoral (Scotland), “Operation Unicorn” will be activated that will also take her by train to London, if possible. And, if not, “Operation Overstudy”, which will move the coffin by plane.
The Prince of Wales, first in succession to the throne, will address the nation at 6 p.m., and will be proclaimed sovereign at 10 a.m. the day after of Isabel’s death (“D + 1”). In addition, in the days leading up to the funeral he will tour across the UK, starting in Scotland and ending in Wales.
On the second day of mourning, the coffin with the queen will return to Buckingham Palace, and on the fifth it will march in procession to the Palace of Westminster. There, it will remain until the eighth in a raised box and open to the public for 23 hours a day.
The “D + 10” day – the day on which the state funeral will be held – will be declared a holiday.
The event will take place at Westminster Abbey and the monarch will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, along with her husband, the recently deceased Duke of Edinburgh.