Thursday, September 8, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-serving head of state who has reigned as queen for more than seven decades, has passed away at age 96.
This means that “Operation London Bridge” is underway, Britain’s not-so-secret plan on how they will proceed with the Queen’s passing. From what is known publicly, the news was first delivered to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, and Privy Council by the Queen’s private secretary. Next, the news was delivered to the leaders of all the countries that make up the British Commonwealth, while a newsflash was sent to the media.
The most formal notice occurred at Buckingham Palace itself, where the official notification was pinned to the palace gates.
The funeral is expected to take place 10 days from now at the Balmoral estate in Scotland, where her coffin will be transported to London by royal train or plane where it will be received by the Prime Minister and senior government officials.
As heir apparent, Charles has automatically inherited the throne and his wife Camilla has adopted the title Queen Consort. At 11 a.m. local time tomorrow, the Accession Council will be convened to formally proclaim him the new Sovereign.
For more information see Yasmeen Serhan “What Happens When Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Dies?” TIME, September 8, 2022.
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