Talking about death is a touchy subject but it’s inevitable. And Queen Elizabeth II is no ordinary person. At more than 90 years of age, the queen is the longest-reigning monarch in history. In 2015, her tenure surpassed that of her great-great-grandmother Victoria.
When the queen dies will the world stand still? Well, almost. Here are things that would happen if the queen dies.
Operation “London Bridge” Will Take Effect
Firstly, an operation called London Bridge will be launched. Many of the details are kept secret, but once the plan goes into effect citizens can expect official announcements straight from the Palace.
All Royals Would Gather Close To Her
For a non-royal person, people do travel. Of course, the case is same for Queen Elizabeth. The royal family will gather around her bed to pay their last respect.
It sounds like something out of a spy movie, but in this case it’s factual – after Queen Elizabeth II takes her final breath, important people will be notified via coded messages. Apparently, a former code phrase was, “London Bridge is down.”
The public won’t know about the event right away – unless they intercept the codes and interpret them correctly, of course.
The Public Will Find Out In Many Ways
Tradition holds that a footman in mourning clothing will post a black-edged notice to the gates of Buckingham Palace that announces the queen’s death. But since the internet age has arrived, there will, most likely, be announcements made on the royal website and social media pages.
Bells Will Toll
The death of a monarch demands a fair amount of ceremony. In London, all the flags will be lowered to half-mast and church bells all over the city will toll. The famous tenor bell at Westminster Abbey, which is rung for all royal deaths, will also ring. Major events might get canceled and people will gather outside of Buckingham Palace to pay respects.
Queen Elizabeth II is the current head of state, so her death will require government involvement. Parliament must convene after the death of a monarch so they may swear allegiance to their successor. That’s what happened back in 1952 when the queen’s father, King George VI, passed away.
Prince Charles Will Take The Throne
The queen’s son, Prince Charles, will become king even before he is officially sworn in. When the Queen passes away, Prince Charles will make a speech in the evening and will be proclaimed King at 11 AM the next morning when he swears an oath known as the accession declaration. Charles’ official coronation won’t happen until after the mourning period, however.
Charles May Change His Name
Being king is like being the pope, you could choose not to lead with your birth name. Reigning monarchs choose whatever name they like, and it might be different than what they’ve been called all along. For example, Queen Elizabeth’s father was called Prince Albert until he became King George VI.
Sources speculate that Prince Charles might take become King George in honor of his grandfather or King Philip for his father. However, it’s also possible that he’ll choose to be named King Charles III.
The Funeral Will Be Covered On Live TV
Like all royal events, the queen’s funeral would see a live worldwide broadcast, globally, with multiple re-runs.