Since the 1960s, the Queen’s funeral has been prepared by the British government as well as the media, which has pre-recorded announcements about the Queen’s life and death, as well as pre-recorded portrait footage. Immediately after the death of the queen, it is therefore her private secretary who will be informed first.
In the following minutes, the latter will telephone the Prime Minister and tell him the code name “London bridge is down”, which will make the head of the government in office understand that the queen has just disappeared. The news will almost immediately be relayed by Press Association to all other media around the world.
It is therefore not the BBC which will have the scoop on the information, as it had been the case until then (the radio had announced the death of George VI, four hours after his death, on February 6, 1952).
Once the media have been notified, a valet in mourning will come out of Buckingham Palace to stare at a black sign indicating Her Majesty’s death on the gates. At the same time, the Palace’s website will turn into a single, black page with the same text.
British television presenters will adopt the same dress code – black suits, suits and ties – to simultaneously announce the death of Elizabeth II.
In music radio studios, lights will flash so that presenters prepare to switch to the news and do not play too happy music while waiting.
Each station has already prepared playlists composed of sad and melancholy tracks.
The country will then enter a twelve-day period of national mourning. His successor – currently Prince Charles – will deliver his first speech as King of the United Kingdom the very evening of his mother’s death, then will be officially proclaimed king the day after the death, at 11 a.m., in the room principal of Saint James’s Palace, but her coronation will not take place until the following months.
The order of succession to the throne will change: Prince William will become first in the order of succession, and will inherit the title of Prince of Wales, while his son, George, will come to occupy the second position, just behind his father.
Football matches will be able to take place as normal, provided that a minute’s silence is observed and the national anthem is played, which will be changed to God Save The King instead of God Save The Queen. But that may not be the case for all sports.
Indeed, on the death of George VI in 1952, rugby and hockey competitions had been stopped. When news of the Queen’s death is announced, members of both Houses of Parliament will be recalled, residents will be able to return from work earlier and airline pilots will inform their passengers. If the Queen dies in Scotland, where she spends three months of the year at her Balmoral residence, there will be traditional rituals.
If his death occurs overseas, a BAe 146 jet, dubbed “Royal Flight”, will take off from Northolt, a base in west London, with a coffin on board. In any case, his body will be repatriated to the throne room of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s official funeral will take place nine days after her death.
In the meantime, his remains will be on display at the Palace of Westminster, 23 hours a day. This should allow 500,000 people to come and pay their respects. The funeral ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey — a first since 1760; more than 2,000 guests are expected to attend.
The bells of Big Ben will ring at nine o’clock. When the coffin enters the abbey, the country will suspend all activity: shops will close, stations will stop their announcements, buses will stop and drivers will take to the streets. At George VI’s funeral in 1952, passengers on a London to New York flight got up and, miles up in the air, stood with their heads bowed.
Queen Elizabeth II will then be buried in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, alongside her father, George VI, her husband Prince Philip and all his predecessors. (Source Wikipedia)