This Is What Actually Happens When The Queen Dies: Whenever Queen Elizabeth II dies, ‘London Bridge is Down,’ these are the words the British Prime Minister will hear.
It’s safe to say that the welfare of one of the UK’s most respected, revered and celebrated sovereigns is a cause for concern, with all the drama concerning Prince Philip’s retirement, and with The Crown which as not won a single relevant Bafta TV Award.
The Queen is 92 after all, it’s natural that people will start thinking ‘what actually happens when the Queen dies?’, right?
While many of us don’t want to think of such nasty things, the hard morality of the 92-year-old story is that it’s coming – so it will be really that when her majesty joins all other Monarchs/Queens in the sky.
The mourning period…
As soon as the death of the Queen is announced, there will be a mourning period of 12 days.
The level of a dominating monarch’s death is huge, in fact, so big that it sends shocking waves all over the country – from television programs to the finance industry and economy, London’s stock markets and the country’s banks.
How and when will we find out?
How and when depends on the circumstances of Her Majesty’s death.
Say, for example, he was suffering from some kind of illness (much like her father), a well-thought-out plan will be prepared by the Palace and her most senior government officials.
If you didn’t know, then British citizens must assign some bobs for a television license every year, so that means all BBC channels will announce live BBC broadcast announcing Elizabeth II’s death at specifically 8 am in the morning.
All the comedy shows will be canceled and will not continue until the funeral.
However, if the Queen dies, like Princess Diana, in public place, Palace will have little or no control over the news that will spread out in social media.
A new monarch…
As the heir possibly, when his mother dies, Prince Charles will be announced as King Charles III (unless he decides to change his name). The regnal name refers to the name which need not be the person’s birth name, used by monarch during the reign.
On this announcement, there will be major changes: the words of the National Anthem will be changed (God Save The Queen, will suddenly become God Save The King), to honor Charles’s accession, the new currency will be created and new stamps will be printed.
Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge will become the heir apparent, having the new title of the Prince of Wales. His wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would then accept the title of Princess of Wales, which was once given to William’s late mother, Diana.
Once the Royals has been replaced, MPs will pledge their loyalty to the new monarch/king/queen at Parliament.
The funeral and burial…
The body of Queen will ‘lie in state’ in public viewing at Westminster Hall for 23 hours a day till the time of her funeral.
When her coffin will be shown, her death will be marked by a small ceremony, after which mourners will be able to pay their respect.
What will be the attendance at that time is unknown, but it will likely exceed the 200,000 people who lined up to bid her mother farewell back in 2002.
The actual funeral will be taking place 12 days after her Majesty’s death and will be broadcast live on television.
The leaders and heads of the state from around the world will see the Archbishop of Canterbury, perhaps still Justin Welby leads the state procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey.
After the funeral, the Queen will be buried. Where? Well, that we don’t know. But it’s possible that she can be buried in a plot next to her father, King George VI at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Other possible places include her own personal estates, Balmoral or Sandringham.
Further, a date will then be set for Prince Charles’s crowning ceremony, which will be taking places at Westminster Abbey.