Urgent news. The flags are at half mast. The world mourns the death of a beloved monarch. Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland. How will this affect the economy? What will this mean for the future of the Commonwealth? And what does Operation London Bridge have to do with it?
Since 1952, the United Kingdom has been ruled by Queen Elizabeth II. This means that she is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Several generations have never known life with another head of state. In the event of her departure, there is an established line of succession to the throne. It includes a sequence of at least 30 applicants. The eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales, will take the throne.
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Will Prince Charles get the support of the British public? Could the end of the queen’s reign mean the end of the royal family? For years, information about what will happen when the Queen dies has been carefully hidden. But these plans are no longer a secret. On the day of this tragic event, Operation London Bridge begins.
This name is not unique. When her father, George VI, passed away, the plan was codenamed Hyde Park Corner.
Operation London Bridge details what to do from the moment of her death during the 12 days of national mourning. First, her private secretary will brief the current prime minister.
Civil servants will report that “London Bridge is destroyed” through special government lines. The news of her passing will be passed on to the other 15 governments of which she is the head. And 36 Commonwealth countries, of which she was the symbolic head. A footman in mourning clothes places a notice at the entrance to Buckingham Palace. Informing the public about the tragic news.
All royal family personnel will wear a black band on their left arm. This strip should measure 3.25 inches (8.25 cm). From there, RATS, the radio signal transmission system, will be activated. This alarm system was developed during the Cold War to counter attacks on the nation’s infrastructure. TV coverage will begin.
The media has its own code name for this situation. Mrs Robinson. All major channels will switch off their regular programs and the hosts will be dressed in black.
The Royal Family celebrates the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947
But with social media, there’s a good chance you’ll find out there first. News of the queen’s death quickly surfaced everywhere. It may sound painful, but the media has scheduled several days of coverage. And content, including obituaries, is ready ahead of time.
If you were on a plane at that moment, you would have heard the news from your pilot. You won’t be able to watch late night comedy shows. They won’t go until the Queen’s funeral. Elizabeth’s body will remain at Buckingham Palace for another 10 days. The family will spend time together. But the new ruler won’t have much time for mourning.
The day after the Queen’s death at 11 a.m., Prince Charles will be proclaimed king. He will choose his own name, and will be King Charles III. On the 10th day, officials from around the world will attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. It will be a general day of mourning and hundreds of thousands of Britons and more will come to pay their respects.
Even the British stock market will remain closed that day. A solemn decision that could cost the economy billions.
In the coming years, the economy will have to undergo major changes. First, new banknotes must be printed with the profile of the new King Charles. But of course, the old money after the death of Elizabeth II will not disappear overnight. And it will take some time for the old banknotes to go out of circulation.
The Kingdom’s passports will also require changes. And postage stamps will require revision.
Considering state mourning; closing companies; funeral expenses; replacement of passports; military and police uniforms; banknote exchange and some other small changes; it can be assumed that the queen’s departure will cause damage to the country’s economy from 1.6 to 7 billion pounds.
Of course, this plan explains what happens if the queen dies in London. But what if she died abroad? RAF aircraft are always ready to respond. It was supposed to contain a “coffin of the first stage” to deliver the body of the queen to London. After almost 70 years in power, life under a new monarch can certainly bring about change in the Commonwealth.
Several countries might consider cutting ties with Britain and becoming full republics. Monarchs could even be replaced by heads of state elected on an elective basis.
But everything in Operation London Bridge is as meticulously crafted, detailed and controlled as the life of the royal family. Nothing is left to chance. And this gives the impression that the future of the monarchy will remain unshakable.