Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96. The Royal Palace announced the Queen’s death on Thursday. She was placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, after doctors were “concerned” for her health.
The health of the monarch, who had been forced to cut her agenda in recent months due to “mobility problems” -communicated promptly by the Royal House-, has worsened in recent hours, since last Tuesday she received at Balmoral to Boris Johnson, who tendered his resignation as prime minister, and his successor, Liz Truss, whom he commissioned to form the government.
The announcement, which has been a real shock among the British, has served to congregate at Balmoral Castle – the queen’s summer residence and where she is “comfortable”, according to the statement – the closest members of her family . Prince Charles, her future heir, and her wife, Camila, have immediately gone to the complex to accompany her at this time.
What is Operation Unicorn?
If the Queen dies in Scotland, Parliament would immediately adjourn to prepare for her state funeral. Thousands of people would be expected to come to Scotland to pay their respects and mourn her. Many are expected to flock to Edinburgh at St Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The monarch would be transported from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire to Edinburgh by special train, where it is understood that the Queen would initially rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Her coffin would then be taken to St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where people could pay their respects to her. The Queen would then be transported by Royal Train from Waverley Station to London. It is understood that she will be buried with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Windsor.
What is London Bridge down?
Operation London Bridge is the main plan for the death of the Queen, which would be executed in parallel with Operation Unicorn in case the Monarch dies in Scotland. It sets out in detail what will happen in the 10 days between the Queen’s death and her state funeral.
The Queen’s Chief Physician, Sir Hugh Thomas, will oversee the final hours, during which family and close friends are expected to visit. He will control access to the room and decide what information is made public and which information remains private.
Since the plans are updated several times a year, preparations for Elizabeth’s death may have to be renewed as Politico obtained the documents last year.
An article published in 2017 by The Guardian went viral after outlining plans for Elizabeth’s death and comparing them to plans made for previous British monarchs.
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