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« Reply #5295 on: September 03, 2021, 05:48:49 PM »

Also posted in the Princess Anne thread, but since it concerns both -

https://www.hellomagazine...t-gatcombe-park-scotland/

Anne is thought to be at Balmoral, HM has picnicked with some of her great grands, and both will be back on duty October 12.
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« Reply #5296 on: September 03, 2021, 05:55:47 PM »

A well deserved holiday!
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« Reply #5297 on: September 03, 2021, 09:39:03 PM »

The Queens funeral plans have been leaked after a security breach.

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Government departments have been instructed to have flags at half mast within 10 minutes of the announcement, with Cabinet members set to be called with the sad news and urged to show "discretion". Prince Charles - who will become King upon his mother's passing - will address the nation on the day of her death, while the Prime Minister will be the first government member to issue a statement. The Queen will be buried 10 days after she dies, it is expected, and Charles will embark on a tour of the UK before the burial is held. The sovereign's coffin will lie in state for three days at the Houses of Parliament, with authorities anticipating hundreds of thousands of people to descend on London - sparking fears over gridlock, policing and even food shortages. Any other Parliamentary business is set to be suspended for 10 days, it is reported. Details of what will happen, named Operation London Bridge, have been leaked to Politico, which reports that officials will refer to the day the Queen dies as 'D Day'.

What will happen on the day the Queen's death is announced?

The Prime Minister will be one of the first to be informed of the monarch's passing, with the news set to be delivered in a call by the Queen’s private secretary.
Members of the Privy Council Office will also be informed. Ministers will receive a call while an email will be sent out to senior politicians and civil servants stating: “Dear colleagues, It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.” A notification will be released by the royal household informing the public of the monarch's death, while the news will also be shared on social media. Details for her funeral will be announced, and the new King Charles will deliver a televised broadcast at 6pm. The PM will hold an audience with the monarch. Ministers will be instructed not to comment until the Prime Minister has made a statement, while the Ministry of Defence will organise gun salutes. A minute of silence will be held across the country.

D Day plus two

At 10am the following day, Politico reports, members of the Accession Council - an official body which includes senior government figures and members of the Privy Council - will proclaim Charles the new king. A proclamation will be read at St James' Palace and the Royal Exchange, while MPs will meet to give tributes in the House of Commons. The PM and cabinet members - who will not be allowed to bring their partners - will meet with Charles at 3.30pm.

D Day plus 2

This is the day that the Queen's coffin will be returned to Buckingham Palace. How this is done depends on where she is when she dies - if she is at Sandringham her body will be taken by royal train to St Pancras, where the Prime Minister and cabinet members will be waiting. However if she is at Balmoral it is possible that she may be flown back to London, Politico reports.
D Day plus 3 and 4

Day three is the day that Charles will begin his tour of the UK. According to the leaked documents, he will visit the Scottish Parliament and attend a service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. The following day he will receive a motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland and will attend another service, this time at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Meanwhile in London rehearsals will be taking place for the funeral.

D Day plus 5

A procession will take place between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, with a service set to take place in Westminster Hall. Following this the Queen will lie in state for three days, with members of the public allowed to view her coffins. Dignitaries will be issued with tickets giving them a time slot.

D Day plus 6 to 9
Rehearsals for the funeral will be held on the sixth day after the monarch's death. The following day Charles will visit the Welsh Parliament and a service will be held at Cardiff's Liandaff Cathedral. The government will be wrestling with logistical concerns ahead of the huge event, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend on the capital. This has sparked fears of gridlock and even food shortages, as well as strain on police and health services.

The day of the Queen's funeral
This will be a Day of National Mourning, but employers will not be compelled to give staff a day off. The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, and a two minute silence will be held across the UK at noon. A committal service will be held at St George's Chapel, which is at Windsor Castle, where the Queen will be buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/...ral-plans-leaked-24900752
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« Reply #5298 on: September 03, 2021, 09:45:49 PM »

Is this new information? I feel like I've read about London Bridge and D Day before.
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« Reply #5299 on: September 03, 2021, 09:49:24 PM »

Is this new information? I feel like I've read about London Bridge and D Day before.
There's more detail of what is to happen, really the only stuff that was out there (at least that of what I can recall) is the basics which are her lying in state, Charles making a statement and that red light at the BBC going off to indicate her death.
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« Reply #5300 on: September 03, 2021, 09:55:59 PM »

Is this new information? I feel like I've read about London Bridge and D Day before.
There's more detail of what is to happen, really the only stuff that was out there (at least that of what I can recall) is the basics which are her lying in state, Charles making a statement and that red light at the BBC going off to indicate her death.

Charles touring was out there but not the schedule. 

All in all it’s really just adding detail to what was already know.  That being said it’s always concerning when government documents are leaked so this should properly investigated.  While this information is harmless the next leak could be something far more concerning.
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« Reply #5301 on: September 03, 2021, 09:56:39 PM »

The Guardian newspaper published a long article about Operation London Bridge in 2017. It is the most detail that I have ever seen but obviously there will have been and will be updates...
https://www.theguardian.c...zabeth-dies-london-bridge
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« Reply #5302 on: September 03, 2021, 09:59:25 PM »

reading a few more articles, apparently this leak is an updated/amended version from last year due to the pandemic

The Guardian newspaper published a long article about Operation London Bridge in 2017. It is the most detail that I have ever seen but obviously there will have been and will be updates...
https://www.theguardian.c...zabeth-dies-london-bridge

ETA the Guardian just said

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This article was amended on 3 September 2021 to include express reference to the Guardian Long Read of 2017 to which the original version of the article linked.


https://www.theguardian.c...es-social-media-blackouts
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« Reply #5303 on: September 03, 2021, 10:33:48 PM »

I get the impression that the parts printed - in most media under headings - d-day, d-day+1 etc are summaries of key facts. It seems that much of the details are pretty boring in the sense the document goes on about various mundane issues such as how to deal with the influx of people attending, details of the government departments social media protocols following the announcement etc.

Much of what has been "leaked" was widely known either through other leaks, other funerals e.g. HM the Queen Mothers, the Queen's father's, Philip's death in terms of social media (the royal website going black, changed profile pictures etc) common sense and in other ways.

The only real "revelations" are:

-the itinerary of Charle's nationwide tour (which will now certainly be changed especially in regards to NI and security issues there)

-the details of when Cabinet Ministers and PM would meet the new King

-that Charles would make an address to the nation at 6pm

-the idea a service at St Pauls' after HMs death would try to appear "spontaneous" (the same happened at Westminster Cathedral after the death of Pope John Paul II as I recall)

-the fact Downing Street was worried it wouldn't be able to get the flag put at half mast within 10 minutes.

Clearly this is the government side of any plans - the actual details will be held by BP and Royal staff so there is nothing really all that private here.

Of course that doesn't mean the leak is not serious and leaking plans for HM's death and funeral is not pretty low even by political standards.
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« Reply #5304 on: September 03, 2021, 10:46:23 PM »

I do get a chuckle when all these papers report it as a 3-day lying in state when in fact it's 4 full days (Day 6, 7, 8, & 9) plus possibly late on Day 5 after the officials have been through.  I know I shouldn't be amused but I am.
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« Reply #5305 on: September 03, 2021, 11:15:29 PM »

The Guardian newspaper published a long article about Operation London Bridge in 2017. It is the most detail that I have ever seen but obviously there will have been and will be updates...
https://www.theguardian.c...zabeth-dies-london-bridge

Yes, that is the one I remember reading.
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« Reply #5306 on: September 03, 2021, 11:44:02 PM »

That's probably the most underwhelming leak I've ever seen. We here are knowledgeable enough to know that these plans are amended all the time. It's not really a matter of "who cares?" because people care a lot, but it's just... meh.
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« Reply #5307 on: September 04, 2021, 12:57:21 AM »

Lalalalalalalalalalalalalala!

(Too upsetting)

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« Reply #5308 on: September 04, 2021, 02:26:35 AM »

Lalalalalalalalalalalalalala!

(Too upsetting)

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I don’t even want to think about the queen dying. Phillip was hard enough.
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« Reply #5309 on: September 04, 2021, 02:41:55 AM »

These plans get 'leaked' every so often, along with Charles' plans for his coronation.

What many people don't realise is that these plans are reviewed at least annually with The Queen and the Duke of Norfolk going through them and Charles has been on board since he was 18.

The first plans were drawn up within days of George VI's death, if not earlier.

The first meeting about Charles' coronation, for instance, took place within a week of the Queen's in which she pointed out things that hadn't gone smoothly and things that had so that those issues could be fixed for Charles' coronation. She did the same thing after her father's funeral.

It is simply part and parcel of being prepared for all contingencies. It is how they could put together a funeral as quickly as they did in 1997 as they used the plans for the Queen Mum's funeral.

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