Operation London Bridge: British protocol following the Queen’s death

The 96-year-old British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died, an official announcement from Buckingham Palace said today. “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow,” the official statement said.

The whole world mourns the queen’s death.

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Now after her death one thing has caught everyone’s attention. is Operation London Bridge.

Operation London Bridge is said to be the nickname of the ceremony or protocol after the Queen’s death. For at least 12 days after the Queen’s death, the United Kingdom will stand still.

Operation London Bridge involves a cascade of calls to inform Britain’s leaders and soldiers of the Queen’s death after it was confirmed by Buckingham Palace. After the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary and the Privy Council Office have been informed, a formal public notice will be issued.

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Reports say the business is stipulating that most staff will be sent home after the Queen’s death. The royal court staff hotline will distribute the instructions to palace officials.

Protocol dictates that the Union flag be flown at half-mast until 8am on the day of the Queen’s funeral. Churches may also ring their bells to mark the day of the Queen’s death or the day after, they said.

However, the Royal Standard will not fly at half mast.

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The day of the funeral will be declared a holiday.

If the Queen’s death occurs during business hours, it is expected that the London Stock Exchange and some other businesses will close as a mark of respect.

Citing a former ambassador, reports said “social events will be canceled and the Union flag flown at half-mast until after the funeral, as in the UK. Officials will enter a period of mourning and dress appropriately. Books of condolence will be prepared for visitors to leave messages’.

The successor will be announced at the Accession Council to be held at St James’s Palace, after staff members have been sent home. Privy councillors, lords, the lord mayor of the city of London and high commissioners of some Commonwealth countries will attend the accession council among others.

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Prince Charles will succeed to the throne upon the Queen’s death. The British throne is never without a monarch. It is possible that Prince Charles will have a new royal name and will not be known as King Charles.

The Queen’s body will lie in Westminster Hall and the hall will be open to the public for one hour a day.

The funeral is likely to take place 12 days after the death. The coffin carrying the Queen will be taken to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral. Big Ben will strike once at 9am on the day and then be covered in leather to set the tone for the rest of the day.

The Queen will be buried in the King George VI Memorial at Windsor Castle.

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