For the longest time, Queen Elizabeth has served as the sovereign of the British monarchy whose presence has made a significant contribution to Britain’s rich culture and history. She has been the queen for 65 years and was born even before three of the last four British prime ministers have been, making her the longest-reigning monarch at the age of 91. Queen Elizabeth has outlived many of her contemporaries, and suffice to say, has lived a life full of remembrance.
But the queen can only live up to a certain point, and whether we like it or not, she will soon take her rest. According to the Office of National Statistics, a British woman’s life expectancy at age 91 is two years and three months. Counting the months, statistically, the queen is left with 21 months to live, before, God forbid, she reaches towards the close of her life.
When the time comes, Britain will lose not just a monarch but a mother figure. And as she takes a slumber, a new sovereign head will rise. As much as it’s a ghastly event to ponder, the queen’s death has been already meticulously laid out to the very minute detail.
Her death will shatter the nation (and the world) but it will go according to as planned and has even been rehearsed for over a decade. Britain’s next tumultuous event, after all, has been orchestrated. Here are the 15 crazy things that will take place when Queen Elizabeth dies.
15 Prince Charles will succeed the throne, NOT William
Contrary to reports released a few months ago, Prince Charles will still be the heir to the throne and not Prince William. The rumor, which spread around August, claimed that the queen decided to skip at her son because of his old age. Considering the royal rule of throne accession, the ruling monarch does not have any power in choosing who’s going to be next in line for the throne. According to the 1701 Act of Settlement, the succession should be the monarch’s direct heir — and that’s Prince Charles, not Prince William.
When Prince Charles succeeds to the throne (which will happen a day after the queen’s death), he could change his name to his liking. It was then believed that the prince adores the name George because he admired the previous kings with the same name, while the two previous King Charles have had issues in the past.
14 There might be a spike in ending ones' life...to be with the Queen
At the time of Princess Diana’s death, suicides in Great Britain rose and this isn’t impossible when the queen dies. A study from the University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research found out that there was a 17 percent increase in the number of suicides across England and Wales when Princess Diana died in 1997.
Most of the suicide cases reported involved women. They comprised 45 percent of the entire number of people who took their life after Princess Diana lost hers in a tragic accident. According to the research, it appears that these people related themselves to Princess Diana.
The queen has been a large part in the lives of her British subjects, and as one constitutional thinker has said, “the Queen’s death will intensify patriotic feelings.” Suicides after her death may seem absurd but it can be impossible.
13 Royals will get new titles
When Queen Elizabeth descends her throne, everyone else on the ladder changes its place from top to bottom. Soon, the familiar people we have known will also change their titles. Prince Charles, as her eldest son, will rise as the new sovereign head. It’s sure that Camilla will take on the queen title, although there were earlier rumors that she might retain her Princess Consort title. Under the common law, the queen title will always be given to the kings’ wives.
Charles’ son, Prince William will drop his Duke of Cambridge title and will become the Prince of Wales.The same goes for his wife, Kate Middleton, however, there are rumors that the Duchess of Cambridge might not take the title out of respect for Princess DIana. Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, will be titled as His Royal Highness the Prince Harry.
12 'London Bridge is Down' code
The death of Queen Elizabeth will follow a secret plan created by the palace to ensure that everything falls flawlessly, even at the nation’s lowest time. Like every other death since Queen Victoria’s, a code — “London Bridge is down” — will be sent down to officially relay Queen Elizabeth’s demise. The entire undertaking will follow “Operation London Bridge” just as how Winston Churchill had his “Operation Hope Not”.
The queen’s attending physician will sift through the information relevant to be announced to the public, and these will be confirmed by the queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt. Thereafter, Sir Geidt will relay the news to the prime minister and to all of British territories’ heads of state. At this point, pre-written obituaries and pre-produced memorials by newspapers and network producers will air anytime the palace issues a press release.
11 Her death will be announced as quickly as a news flash
The passing of other royals took quite a time before being announced to the public. At the time of King George’s death, the announcement took four hours but it will not be the same for Queen Elizabeth. Her death, anticipated since the 1960s and its details refined at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced like as quick as a news flash.
Britain’s flags, except for the red danger ones, will be at half-mast until a new monarch is crowned. The House of Parliament will convene and news organizations across the world will be monitoring the queen’s last days.
Unknown to most of us, media establishments especially those based in Britain have their special “button” that will alert everyone in news offices of the queen’s death. TV reporters will sport black suits with black ties and the world will know that Queen Elizabeth is gone.
10 Her remains will lie in the Buckingham Palace's throne room
Wherever in the world the queen dies, there’s already a settled plan which ultimately leads to her body lying in the Buckingham Palace’s throne room. If the queen dies abroad, the Royal Flight —a BAe 146 jet from the RAF’s No 32 squadron — will be collecting her remains and will take off at Northolt, London with a coffin in tow.
If she passes away at Balmoral, the royal family’s Scottish residence, then there will be more elaborate plans to be fulfilled, starting with a Scottish ritual. Her body will first lie in her smallest palace in Edinburgh as she is guarded by the Royal Company of Archers. A procession will also happen as she will be carried by the Royal Mile en route St. Guile’s cathedral. Thereafter, her coffin will be put on board the Royal Train until she reaches the Buckingham Palace.
9 An extravagant private funeral will commence
There will be 10 days to mourn for the queen, and it will start off with a private funeral. Consequently, as the queen’s friends and family are grieving, departments and agencies will be working closely together for the late monarch’s extravagant state funeral.
In the throne room, there will be the altar, the pall, the royal standard and four Grenadier guards who will stand on watch, with their rifles pointing towards the ground. The queen will also be surrounded by her staff who have been employed for more than 50 years. Bells will toll across the nation, including the bells at Westminster Abbey, specifically the Sebastopol bell which only rings at the time of a monarch’s death. The bell will ring 91 (92 or 93?) times, one each for the year the queen has lived.
8 Then a state funeral will be open to public
A few days after her stay in the throne room, the queen’s body will be readied for a state funeral. Theoretically, everything is already detailed, but it all falls down to King Charles’ and the Duke of Norfolk's approval.
It will take a slow 28-minute march when the queen’s body will be transferred to the Westminster Hall as soon as it exits St. James Palace. Her coffin will have a false lid so as the crown jewels will be held in and the rim will be three inches high.
During the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, over 200,000 people came to pay their last respect. The palace is expecting at least 500,000 subjects for the queen. At 11 a.m., there will be a moment of silence and a 23-mile funeral procession will bring the queen’s remains to Windsor Castle from Hyde Park.
7 A ceremony for the new king will be held
In every monarch’s death, there’s a silver lining — the coronation of the nation’s new ruler. Britain has not had a coronation since 1952 but, like the passing of Queen Elizabeth, there is already a plan in store.
It will not be an impromptu occasion and it will be as big as if no one has died. After all, the British monarchy is the last European royal family to practice coronations, thanks to a supportive public that loves the grandeur of all things regal.
Over 10,000 tickets will be printed to be a part of Charles’ accession to the throne, and his wife, Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall, will drop her Princess Consort title and become the queen. On the evening of Queen Elizabeth’s death, Charles is set to have his first address as the new head of state and will travel to Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to greet his constituents.
6 Comedies will be temporarily suspended
At the course of the 10-day mourning period, Britain will freeze in grief and will be ordered to halt comedic shows. No comedies will be allowed live or on air during the country’s tumultuous times, even if the Britons are known for their affinity of light entertainment. Overall, TV schedules will be changed at the time of the queen’s death.
All sporting events and concerts will also be postponed until the mourning period ends. The stock market will stop trading, and schools and stores will be closed. Most of the British people will be spending a day off, and they will even post pictures of the late queen on their windows. Across the United Kingdom, there will be church services and, if necessary, memorial services in football stadiums.
5 Currencies will be altered
Most of the currencies in Queen Elizabeth’s territories have her face printed on it and it’s been there for more than half a century. Australia, Canada, and Isle of Man, just to name a few, are among the 35 countries that bear the queen’s image on their monies.
When Queen Elizabeth passes away, her images will be taken down and will be replaced by the new king. This undertaking, however, may take quite some time and is impossible to finish overnight. The respective governments under the British royal rule are set to complete this task gradually, and this also includes other items like stamps and portraits that were hanged in offices. Several stamps and currencies, however, will remain and will most likely be kept as mementos of the late queen.
4 Australia could become a republic
The queen’s demise will also trigger a decision that will change Australia’s history. For years, the nation’s leaders have been meaning to cut ties with the British monarchy as soon as the queen descends the throne.
When Prince Charles becomes the new monarch, he will not inherit certain titles like “Head of the Commonwealth” primarily because, one, it’s not a hereditary title, and two, it’s just a title that the queen has made up for herself. Another problem is that there are no means to choose for the next one to succeed as head of the bloc.
This means that when Queen Elizabeth takes her rest, Australia will get to decide its fate and possibly, it could choose to become a republic. The country’s prime minister, Malcom Turnbull, agrees with to abandon constitutional monarchy, as well as Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
3 Britain would have two national holidays
The queen’s death will also change the working schedule for the British. There will be two new national holidays — one would be on the day of Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne, and another would be on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. The second one, however, will be referred as a “day of mourning” instead of an actual holiday. This new holiday proclamation will also likely take effect on other British territories, specifically for the day of mourning.
When the holidays take place, Britain’s economic standing is expected to take a dip, considering the postponement of work and production across the entire nation. Since all establishments will close — from the small corner stores to government offices to stock exchange — £1.2 billion to £6 billion is expected to be lost for each day Britain will take a day off.
2 More preparations will take place
Queen Elizabeth’s demise will entail so many preparations starting on the day of her death (D-day) until she finally rests at Windsor Castle. The day after her death (D+1), Westminster Hall will be locked and cleaned. On D+4, her coffin will be moved to the abbey for four days and during her procession, there may be the presence of her beloved dogs.
It’s no secret that the queen loves her corgis and these dogs could usher the queen on her resting place, just like how Edward VII was lead by his fox terrier, Caesar. The state funeral will be open 23 hours a day. On the day of the funeral, D+9, the queen’s jewels will be taken off the coffin and cleaned.
Police, transportation and special security teams will be organized to assist every one of D+9. Department of Culture, Media and Sport will be preparing more for the ceremonies, especially the king’s coronation. There are so many preparations yet to take place, which is why it's understandable how long they have anticipated the queen's death. Take note, all these have been planned and even rehearsed for decades.
1 Things will go back to normal -- without the longest-reigning monarch
Being the queen for 65 years, Queen Elizabeth’s death will completely change a lot of things, not just within the royal household, but as well as for the sovereignty she oversees. Britain’s next biggest death will be filled with moments of grief and longing, as most of the British people have been under her reign.
But like they always say, there’s always a rainbow after a huge storm, and this will be fulfilled by the new monarchy, with the freshly minted King Charles leading the way. Days of mourning for the late queen will end, and the days will get back as usual. When that time comes, the queen might be gone but her memory will live on, not just as the longest-reigning monarch, but as a lovable queen who has served like one’s own mother to her subjects.
Source: theguardian.co.uk, theclever.com, people.com