Preparations for the death of the current king of the United Kingdom began shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Crowned sovereign at the age of 73, King Charles III ascended the throne on May 6, 2023, following the death of his mother.
The late Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in the George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor, 11 days after her death on September 8.
The death of the British monarch is such a significant moment that it requires very careful planning to ensure a smooth transition of power.
In the case of the Queen, this plan was called “” and set everything from how the public would be informed to how the sovereign would be buried. Hundreds of thousands of mourners queued for hours to pay their last respects to the Queen, while millions watched her final journey on television.
Operation London Bridge included full details of what would happen in the 10 days following the Queen’s death, including where her coffin would go, how the Prime Minister would publicly address the news and how Charles would spend his first days as king.
When the Queen died it meant that a new plan was in place for the eventual demise of the new King Charles.
What is Operation Menai Bridge
Operation London Bridge was set up in the 1960s, just a few years after the Queen’s coronation, and has been revised several times in the years leading up to her death in 2022.
The code name for the eventual death of King Charles III is Operation Menai Bridge, named after the world’s first iron suspension bridge in Anglesey, Wales.
According to Royal Protection Officer Simon Morgan, preparations for the Menai Bridge began shortly after the late Queen’s death.
“Even the king said in his acceptance that he would take on this role as long as life would allow him. He is 73 years old. We have to start planning for the future again.” he said in an interview for Today.
How was the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II
The day the queen died was called D-Day, and every day after that was called D+1 and D+2 and so on. According to the disclosed documents, Fr “call cascade” reportedly held hours after the monarch’s death to brief the prime minister, cabinet secretary and several senior ministers and government officials.
In tribute to her 70 years on the throne, the monarch’s coffin was taken across Scotland, from Balmoral to Edinburgh, before being laid in Westminster Hall for four days. The funeral took place on September 19.
The late Queen’s coffin was then taken to the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor.
How Operation Menai Bridge will be conducted
The announcement of Operation Menai Bridge is expected to resemble Operation London Bridge in some respects.
As soon as Operation Menai Bridge is launched, next in line to the throne, William, Prince of Wales, becomes king alongside his wife, Kate Middleton, who will be queen consort.
The new king would then address the nation, as Charles did on September 9, and the public would enter a period of national mourning before the funeral, according to .
As with the Queen, the Prime Minister would be briefed by the King’s Private Secretary, as would the King’s Privy Council Office.
Departmental permanent secretaries will receive a script to brief government ministers, while the cabinet secretary will send an email to senior civil servants. Upon receipt of this email, flags at Whitehall would be flown at half-mast.
Why code names are used for the death of a member of the royal family
Code names for royal deaths were initially introduced to prevent leaks to the press before the official announcement was made.
The use of code names prevented Buckingham Palace switchboard operators from learning the news before it was made public.
The funeral plans for the Queen Mother and Princess Diana were codenamed Operation Tay Bridge, and had been planned for decades.
Operation Forth Bridge was the code name for the death of the late Duke of Edinburgh. His funeral took place at the Chapel of St. George of Windsor, and his coffin was laid in the Royal Vault.
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Publication date: 12-02-2024 08:26
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