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Detailed Plans In Place About What Happens When Queen Elizabeth II Dies

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“I say, Charles, don’t you ever crave / To appear on the front of the Daily Mail / Dressed in your Mother’s bridal veil?” sang Morrissey on The Smiths’ legendary song The Queen Is Dead back in 1986.

Well, the moody Mancunians started counting their chickens a bit too early as more than thirty years later, Queen Elizabeth II is very much alive. On the 6th of February this year, she became the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain, having spent 65 years on the throne.

No matter what anyone thinks of the British royal family, their popularity home and abroad is undeniable. That, however, does not mean that plans are not in place for the inevitable departure of the soon-to-be-91 monarch.

Last Thursday (the 16th of March), the carefully laid-out and extensive plans for the day when Elizabeth II shuffles off this mortal coil emerged to the British public. As in the cases of former monarch deaths, everything is planned out. From who alerts whom about the news, how it is done, how the media are informed and everything that needs to be carried out so the country goes through the transition process as smoothly as possible.

Reportedly, officials will use the code words ‘London Bridge is down’ to inform each other the Queen has died. Her private secretary will call the Prime Minister with the coded message. This, in turn, will set off a series of carefully planned events about how the death will be handled and the news reported.

“It will be 10 days of sorrow and spectacle in which, rather like the dazzling mirror of the monarchy itself, we will revel in who we were and avoid the question of what we have become,” The Guardian writes.

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Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st of April 1926 in her maternal grandfather’s house in Mayfair, London.

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Although she was third in the line of succession to the throne when she was born, a series of events made her heiress presumptive when she was 10.

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She married her husband, Prince Philip, when she was 21 in 1947. They are second cousins once removed.

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She ascended the throne on the 6th of February 1952, after the death of George VI.

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She was coronated on the 2nd of June 1953 in Westminster Abbey – it was the first time the coronation was televised.

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Her coronation gown was embroidered with the floral emblems of Commonwealth countries.

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These included: English Tudor rose, Scots thistle, Welsh leek, Irish shamrock, Australian wattle, Canadian maple leaf, New Zealand silver fern, South African protea, Indian lotus flowers and Pakistani wheat, cotton and jute.

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It is estimated that three-quarters of the Australian population saw her during her 1953 tour Down Under.

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The rule of Queen Elizabeth II is associated with the process of decolonization which took place in the 1960s and 1970s.

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During this time, over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean gained independence from Great Britain.

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For many Britons, Queen Elizabeth II is the last living link to the British Empire.

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Most of the plans in place for the event of the Queen’s death envisage she will die after a short illness.

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Prince Charles will be named King and the country will enter a period of mourning which will last for 10 days.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to change their titles: he will become the Prince of Wales and she will become the Princess of Wales, Diana’s former title.

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For 4 days before the funeral, her coffin will ‘lie in state’.

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It’s only on the 12th day after her death that a funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey. World leaders and heads of state from around the world will attend.

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Source:yahoo

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