On September 8, the Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in Balmoral.
The Queen served as the U.K.'s reigning monarch for 70 years, making her the second-longest serving sovereign in history. With decades of service behind her, it's hard to imagine the monarchy without her at the helm. But "The Firm"—as the royal institution in Britain is dubbed—has a plan for when the Queen passes, along with a set line of succession for who takes the throne next.
Here is what happens next. The Queen's immediate family (including new King Charles) is in Balmoral, where she was under medical supervision earlier today.
Operation London Bridge, the United Kingdom's secret operation, was covered in detail by Politico. The government's strategy for the September 2021 death of the Queen. There will be ten days of activity between the Queen's passing and her funeral (Operation London Bridge is activated if she passes away in London, while Operation Union is in effect if she passes away in Scotland).
The Queen's coffin will be met at St. Pancras station by Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was just recently received by the Queen earlier this week, and her Cabinet. The King, Prince Charles, will tour the United Kingdom at that time and be first in line to the throne. The day before the Queen's memorial service.
The Queen's private secretary will inform the prime minister when she passes away (that day is referred to as "D-Day"). Before announcing to the general public, a few of the most senior ministries and officials will also be notified via an "official notification" from the Palace.
Politico reports that the royal family will make arrangements for her funeral, which is anticipated to take place ten days following her passing.
The now-King Prince Charles will address the United Kingdom in a broadcast. At six o'clock that night. Time zone. That evening, a memorial service will also be held at St. Paul's Cathedral.
The new ruler will be named Charles. British parliamentary business is put on hold for ten days.
The Prime Minister will meet the Queen's coffin. According to Politico, "Operation Union" will be implemented if the Queen dies at Balmoral, which entails that if at all feasible, her body will be transported to London by royal train. If this is not feasible, "Operation Overstudy" will be carried out, and her casket will fly instead.
King Charles will begin his official visit to the U.K.
The procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will be practised on the fourth day.
There will be a liturgy in Westminster Hall following the procession of the Queen's casket from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.
For three days, the Queen's coffin will be held at the Palace of Westminster, where members of the public are welcome to pay their respects.
The rehearsals for the state funeral procession will happen on Day 6.
Other heads of state and VIPs from other countries will attend the funeral. A "Day of National Mourning" will be observed on the day of the funeral, Politico reports, as agreed upon by the prime minister and the Queen. The day will be considered a bank holiday, but no additional day off will be granted if it coincides with a weekend or another bank holiday. No mandates will require employers to give their staff a day off.
A two-minute silence will be observed nationwide before the funeral at Westminster Abbey. It is being organised at noon. The Queen will be laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel of Windsor Castle following a committal service in the castle's St. George's Chapel.
The Queen, born on April 21, 1926, is 96 years old. She has been in reign for 70 years after ascending the throne in February 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. (She broke a record that Queen Victoria had previously held.) She is also the monarch with the second-longest reign in history, trailing only King Louis XIV of France, who ruled for more than 72 years before passing away in 1715.
When Queen Elizabeth II dies, Prince Charles will take the throne. According to the official site of the royal family,