Queen Elizabeth is still very much alive but the plan for what will happen on the day of her death has already been laid out. The plan is known as “London Bridge.” The radio alert transmission system (RATS) will be activated, there is a code word that will be used to deliver the sad and tragic news to the Cabinet members. Then the foreign office will inform 15 governments outside of the UK where the Queen is also the head of state.
Interestingly, Newspapers and their respective websites have already written their story in advance so that they can publish it as soon as possible. Many news channels have already signed up various experts to chat to them.
Football matches are likely to go ahead as planned with fans asked to stand and pay respects, possibly observing silence and the national anthem.
The most complicated plans are for what happens if she passes away at Balmoral, where she spends three months of the year. The Queen’s body will lie at rest in her smallest palace, at Holyroodhouse, in Edinburg.
She has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada since 6 February 1952. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession.
In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant.
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