New details regarding Operation London Bridgethe code name of the plans to be followed after the death of Queen Elizabethhave been published.
It shows how churches across the country will pay their respects to the British monarch during the period of official mourning.
The Royal House of the Central Council of Church Bell Rings has urged all religious buildings to sound their bells with mufflers so that it creates a more solemn sound. It has now been more than seven decades since the Queen’s father, King George V, passed away leaving the muffles torn apart.
Vicki Chapman, spokeswoman for the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, said on April 10: “We have spent a lot of time talking with the Royal Household and Lambeth Palace about the day the monarch passes, which we hope will not be soon. to be”.
New details of Operation London Bridge
“By adding dampers, bells will sound mournful, more like a buzz – so they will sound like thump, thump, thump instead of dong, dong, dong. It is about paying due respect to the service of the monarch and commemorating her life,” added Vicki.
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Details of the plan to be executed when the queen dies
Operation London Bridge contains micro details of the plan to be implemented over the next ten days from the monarch’s death to her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
prince charles will take charge as interim king after his mother’s death and address the nation and the Commonwealth on that day. He then embarks on a mourning tour of the UK.
Protocol to follow
The first member of government to make an official statement is the British Prime Minister. Once the announcement is made, in less than 10 minutes, flags will fly at half-mast in all ministries and if parliament is in session, it will be suspended immediately.
Before the funeral, the sovereign’s coffin will remain in state for 72 hours in the parliament building, where citizens and other dignitaries can pay their respects during the public viewing.
What is Operation London Bridge?
Operation London Bridge, also known as “London Bridge is down” contains all the details regarding the planning of the announcement of her death, the official mourning period and the details of her state funeral. It mainly refers to events that would take place in the United Kingdom.
While some of these crucial decisions were made by the Queen herself, the rest can only be made by her successor, Charles, after her death.
To ensure the plan is implemented, the phrase “London Bridge is down” is expected to be used to relay information about the Queen’s death to the UK Prime Minister and key ministers.
When was the plan made?
These plans were initially made more than six decades ago in the 1960s. The plan is reviewed and updated throughout the year involving various stakeholders such as the Church of England, the Metropolitan Police Service, the British Armed Forces, the media, the boroughs of London, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
Other Commonwealth countries where Queen Elizabeth II reigns as monarch have plans of their own to be set in motion after her death.
The Earl Marshal and the officers of the College of Heralds organize the funerals and coronations of members of the Royal Family. They generally use predetermined phrases as “code names” for plans involving the death and burial of a member of the royal family.
These code names were previously used by key officials, so Buckingham Palace operators are not aware of this development before they are made public. In 1952, when King George VI died, important government officials were made aware of the phrase “Hyde Park Corner”.
During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, many codename schemes for members of the royal family were the names of prominent bridges in the United Kingdom. For example, Operation Forth Bridge was called the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, while Operation Menai Bridge was for Charles, Prince of Wales.
Execution of plan
The first official to break the news is the British monarch’s private secretary, who is the first to contact the Prime Minister. The officials will use the code phrase “London Bridge is down” over secure telephone lines to inform the Prime Minister.
The Head of Cabinet will also inform the Cabinet Secretary and the Privy Council Office, which will then be passed on to ministers and senior officials. The news will later be communicated not only to the governments of the other countries of which Elizabeth is Queen through the Global Response Center of the Commonwealth and Development Office, but also to the governments of the other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
All British government portals, the royal family’s website and their official social media handles are going black.
PA Media and the BBC will make the announcement via the Radio Alert Transmission System (RATS).
The Parliament of the United Kingdom and Scotland, the Parliaments of Wales and Northern Ireland will schedule an emergency meeting as soon as possible. The Prime Minister would then address the House of Commons.
The new monarch will schedule a meeting with the Prime Minister and then deliver a speech to the country at 6pm UK time. The Prime Minister and his senior ministers will attend a memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Accession Council was due to meet at St. James’s Palace a day after Queen Elizabeth’s death to proclaim the new monarch.
Parliament is expected to meet on the same evening and Members of Parliament (MP) will swear allegiance to the new monarch and offer condolences on the Queen’s death.
Virtually all major parliamentary activities will be suspended for the next 10 days.
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