What happens when Queen Elizabeth dies?


Andy Paradise

HRH The Queen on her visit to Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

Adam Flowers, Staff Reporter

Queen Elizabeth II has been the longest reigning monarch in England, being on the throne for 65 years. That’s longer than most of us have been alive, so it seems almost unimaginable to think of her passing away. Although, the plan for the queen’s death is extremely elaborate.

  According to Vogue.com, when the Queen of England passes, the message will be relayed to numerous government officials in England. Edward Young, the queen’s private secretary, will be the first official to convey the news. With this, he will inform the Prime Minister that “London Bridge is down,” which is the codename for the Queen’s death. Operation London Bridge will be set into full gear.

  This assumes that she will die in London. Although, if she dies abroad, in her estate in Norfolk, or the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, there will be different plans for each scenario.

  Starting the day the queen passes, there will be a total of 12 days of mourning. Within this timespan, Prince Charles, Elizabeth’s son who will shortly assume the position of King after the Queen’s death, will tour around England to honor his mother.

  Along with this, Westminster Hall will be closed for cleaning to prepare for the funeral. Not only this, but the coffin she is in will be transported to Westminster Hall in a procession that will take place through London. Visitors will be allowed to pay their respects for 23 hours a day for the four days her body will lie in castle.

  On the final day of mourning, her coffin will be moved into Westminster Abbey and her funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. After the funeral, a carriage will take her body to her final resting place at Windsor Castle.

  After her death, the House of Windsor will go under a plethora of changes. As it was previously mentioned, Prince Charles will become the new King of England.

  Needless to say, the Queen’s death is far from an understatement and it will mean a grand change to England and the world.