The death of Elizabeth II, the queen of a century bows

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain Elizabeth II has just bowed, it announced buckingham royal palace this afternoon, Thursday 8 September 2022.

The 96-year-old sovereign was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Earlier in the day, bucking the usual discretion, Buckingham said the state of Queen Elizabeth’s health “worried” his doctors. The Queen’s family, her four children and her grandchildren went to her bedside, the monarchy watchers then grasped the gravity of the moment.

Who is Elizabeth II?

Queen Elizabeth II is the daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was born on 21 April 1926. In 1947 she married Philip Mountbatten, born Prince of Greece and Denmark. They have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward. On the death of her father on 6 February 1952, Elisabeth, then aged 25, became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She was crowned on 2 June 1953 at Westminster.

As of 9 September 2015, she was the longest-reigning British sovereign at 70 years, surpassing the duration of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign. As of 13 October 2016, she was the longest-reigning sovereign and the oldest currently still in office. In 2022, she will become the first monarch in British history to celebrate her platinum jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her the anniversary of his accession to the throne.

What is the protocol after the death of Queen Elizabeth II?

The day Queen Elizabeth II died triggered a series of carefully crafted plans that have been in place since the 1960s under a plan called ‘Operation London Bridge’. After dying at Balmoral in Scotland, the Queen’s remains will be brought back to London by royal train in an operation known as the “Unicorn”.

The plan, outlined in full, has been picked up by English media, it also details what will happen in the 10 days after the Queen’s death, including where her coffin will go, how the Prime Minister will publicly address the news, and how Prince Charles will spend his first days as King.

The day of the Queen’s death will be called D-Day, while each subsequent day will be called D+1 and D+2 and so on.

The report claims a ‘cascade of calls’ will take place hours after the Queen’s death to brief the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary and several senior ministers and government officials.

Prime Minister Liz Truss will be briefed by the Queen’s Private Secretary, as will the Privy Council Office. The Cabinet Secretary sends an email to senior officials. On receipt of this email the Whitehall flag will be flown at half mast.

As for the public, it will be informed by an “official notification” issued by the royal household, the documents specify.

Pilots will also notify passengers on flights if the news is announced while in the air.

Premier Liz Truss will make a statement; no other member of the British Government will be permitted to make any statement before this. Parliamentary work is suspended for 10 days.

The Queen’s funeral will take place ten days after her death and the funeral plan for Elizabeth II will be announced by the Royal Family. A national minute’s silence will be announced. The prime minister holds an audience with the new king. The day after the Queen’s death, known as D-Day+1, the accession council meets in St. James’s Palace to proclaim Prince Charles the new sovereign.

Hundreds of people will attend, including the Prime Minister and senior ministers, all of whom will be asked to wear morning dress or lounge suits with black or dark ties.

At 3.30pm, as indicated in the documents, the Cabinet and the Prime Minister will hold an audience with King Charles.

On D+3, he will receive the condolence message in Westminster Hall. He will then go on a tour of the UK, with the first order of business being a visit to the Scottish Parliament. He will travel to Northern Ireland the next day to receive another offer of condolence at Hillsborough Castle. Charles will then travel to Wales and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

The Queen’s coffin will be brought to Buckingham Palace and welcomed by the Prime Minister and senior ministers. The procession of the coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will take place on D+5 and will be followed by a service in Westminster Hall.

The Queen will then rest in state for three days at the Palace of Westminster, this is called Operation Feather.

The funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey. A national silence of two minutes will be declared at noon on the same day. There will be processions in London and Windsor, with a committal service taking place in St. George’s Chapel.

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


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