What Happens After The Queen, AKA The London Bridge, Is Down

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most beloved monarchs to have ever taken the throne of England. She stunned everyone with her beauty, charm, and majesty from the moment she was coronated all those decades ago. She is also one of the longest ruling queens to have ever been. However, she won’t live forever.

In this article we give you a thorough walkthrough of all the procedures and conventions that will have to be followed upon the passing of the Queen.

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We’ve come to really love and care for Queen Elizabeth II.

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We love her for her charm, for her wits, for her love of dogs, and for her lovely hat collection!

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the oldest and longest reigning queens in all of history.

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However, a day will come when the queen passes away, and we must be prepared for that.

Luckily, there are strict procedures and protocol in place to deal with the situation as smoothly as possible.

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First thing first, who will be notified first?

Surprisingly, it isn’t the Royal Family that gets the news first.

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The queen’s private secretary will be the first to learn of her demise.

He would have to convey the news to the Prime Minister of England.

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The phrase “London Bridge is down” is all it takes to convey the news.

“London Bridge” is the code name chosen by Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Prime Minister then has to inform the important dignitaries from other countries and the public.

Prince Charles shall then take on the mantle as the ruling leader, and England will enter a period of mourning.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will become the Prince and Princess of Wales. Thus Kate Middleton will take over the title previously held by Princess Diana.

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The country will mourn the passing of the Queen for the next 10 days.

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To quote a popular British publication, “It will be 10 days of sorrow and spectacle in which, rather like the dazzling mirror of the monarchy itself, we will revel in who we were and avoid the question of what we have become.”

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Following that, the public will be able to give their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty will “lie in state” for a period of 4 days, before the burial.

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The royal funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, two weeks after the passing of the queen.

Some of the world’s most important figures will be in attendance.

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The public will be informed of her passing, however the details shall be kept private.

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But we shall continue to love and respect our Queen, long after her passing.

Long live the Queen!

 

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