Queen Elizabeth II died this Thursday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, aged 96.
What is the protocol in place for the transition? Here is a summary:
- The operation named London Bridge has been the subject of careful preparation since the 1960s.
- The Queen's Private Secretary, Edward Young, said the phrase “London Bridge is down” when the Queen's death was announced.
- British Prime Minister Liz Truss was the first person to be notified of the death outside the Queen's close guard and family.
- The government then notified Commonwealth countries , which includes Canada, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand and New Guinea.
- The British press agency Press Association was commissioned to warn the media around the world.
- A special operation, Operation Unicorn, has been launched since Elizabeth II died in Scotland and not in England.
- According to the media Herald on Sunday, the The Queen's body will be transported by train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, where it will rest at Holyrood Palace.
- The coffin will then be transported to St. Giles Cathedral before to leave Scotland on a royal train.
- The flags were lowered within 10 minutes of the death being announced.
- The bells of Anglican churches will ring for 96 minutes (for the Queen's 96th birthday), and the two Houses of Parliament will meet before an address by Prince Charles.
- The day after the death, Friday at 11 a.m. sharp (6 a.m. Quebec time), Prince Charles will be proclaimed king under the name of Charles III. He can then choose another name.
- Charles will travel to Edinburgh (Scotland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Cardiff (Wales) to attend commemorations.
- The protocol for his accession to the throne is named Spring Tide.
- After the death of Elizabeth II, a national mourning of 10 days will take place in the UK.
- Four days after the monarch's death, her coffin will be transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Palace in a military procession.
- Her body will be on display 11 p.m. 24 in a coffin on which the imperial orb, scepter and crown will also rest.
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- The Queen's funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, nine days after her death.
- His remains will then be transported in the car used for the burial of his father, George VI, in 1952 until at Windsor Castle, where she will be buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in 2021.