What Happens When The Queen Dies | Vanity Fair


after nearly 66 years on the throne

queen elizabeth ii is the longest

reigning monarch in British history and

has been a constant and calming force

amidst the fast-paced changes her

country is faced making it even more

inconceivable to think about what

happens when she dies born in 1926 she

was expected to live a relatively normal

life well normal at least by royal

standards as third in line to the throne

spending most of her early years out of

the public eye

everything changed in 1936 when her

uncle King Edward the eighth abdicated

the throne in order to marry his true

love Wallis Simpson you see back then

marrying a divorcee not to mention a

two-time divorcée was a huge faux pas to

the Church of England and just like that

princess Elizabeth's father King George

the six ascended to the throne making

her the next in line and by 1952

following his death her time arrived and

the rest is history when the Queen

ascended to the throne in 1952 she was a

head of state in seven countries the

size of the Commonwealth has since

expanded to 53 countries comprising

nearly one-third of the world's

population and still includes 16

countries where the monarch is

officially the head of state this brings

us to operation London Bridge the plan

that no one wants to talk about the plan

for what happens when the Queen dies

no matter how secretive platinum palace

may be about the plans that surround her

death everyone knows exactly what to do

and the plans which were uncovered by

the Guardian are complex intricate and

timed out to the exact minute phase one

d-day according to the Guardian on the

day the Queen dies Edward young the

Queen's private secretary will be the

first official to convey the news

setting operation London Bridge into

full gear and at the exact moment in

which she passes Prince Charles will

become King and Camilla will become

queen fish who will explain that a bit

later on a secure line

young will directly inform the British

Prime Minister that London bridges down

and the news of her death will be

distributed to various heads of state

for forward is disclosed to the general


once the Prime Minister is alerted the

Foreign Office's Global Response Center

will alert the 15 governments where the

Queen is still considered that of state

from there the 37 nations where she

still serves as a political figure head

will also be informed after this

the announcement of her death will be

shared with both the UK's Press

Association and the rest of the media

outlets across the globe outside the

palace the news crews will be able to

assemble in a predetermined area next to

the Canada Gate the same message will

appear on the palaces web site on a dark

background all the flags that the palace

will be lowered and bells were told both

houses of parliament are expected to

gather within hours of her death and on

the evening of his mother's death

Charles will make his first address to

the public as king now all of this is

assuming that she dies in London if

that's not the case here's how things

would play out

scenario 1 if the Queen dies abroad the

Royal equivalent of Air Force One will

fly a coffin to the location of her

death accompanied by the Royal

Undertaker's and returned the Queen's

body to London scenario 2 if the Queen

dies at her Sandringham Estate in

Norfolk her body will return to London

by car a few days after she passes

scenario 3 the most intricate scenario

of all is if the Queen passes while at

the Balmoral Castle in Scotland where

she spends the

months a year Scottish rituals will play

out before her body returns to London

phase two d-day plus one flags will be

raised the morning after her death and

at 11 a.m.

Charles the eldest male descendant of

Queen Elizabeth will be proclaimed king

at this point

Charles has waited longer than anyone

else in history to assume the throne

phase 3 d + 1 through 12 following the

first 24 hours after her death Great

Britain will enter a 12 day mourning

period culminating with the Queen's

funeral King Charles will tour the

country stopping in Edinburgh Belfast in

Cardiff to appear at services to honor

his mother during this time he will also

meet with various elected leaders D plus

1 Westminster Hall will be closed for

cleaning elaborate and lavish funeral

preparations will begin d-plus for the

coffin will be moved to Westminster Hall

during a procession that is expected to

take place throughout London when the

coffin arrives

Big Ben will chime her body will then

lie in state for four days the Queen's


septum and the imperial crown will be

placed on her coffin and visitors will

be allowed to pay their respects for 23

hours a day d + 9 in the early hours of

the morning the jewels will be cleaned

before the funeral begins daily life

will come to a halt in London businesses

and stores will be closed Big Ben

I am on the dot and the bells hammer

will be covered with leather so that the

bell rings and muffled tones throughout

the remainder of the day d-plus 12 her

coffin will then be moved into

Westminster Abbey and the funeral will

begin by 11 a.m. while the media will be

allowed to film the services the faces

of the Royals will not be shown during

prayers after the funeral the same

carriage that carried her father will

return her body to her final resting

place at Windsor Castle it's an

understatement to say the Queen's death

will mean huge changes for the House of


as previously mentioned Prince Charles

will become king

so what happens to Camilla most royal

experts believe that the Queen's death

will technically make Camilla the queen

consort but any speculation about her

title is just that King Charles will

ultimately make that official decision

the Queen's death will move Charles's

eldest son Prince William the Duke of

Cambridge up in the line of succession

to heir apparent after that William's

three children will fill the line in

their birth order this includes his

daughter thanks to a 2011 vote by the

British Commonwealth Princess Charlotte

will be second in line following her big

brother George so what does this mean

for Prince Harry

Charles's youngest back in 2013 before

the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had


Prince Harry was third in line to the

throne now Prince Harry is 6 followed by

any children he and Megan Markham may

have and last but not least there's

brexit the truth of the matter is that

the monarch has little to do with the UK

leaving the European Union but

considering all of the change that will

come from a departure from the EU the

monarchy may be the last standing and

the most stable institution left