A secret plan for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II has made rounds on the internet after a leaked document titled ‘Operation London Bridge’ was obtained by media outlet Politico.
It is speculated that the death of the UK’s longest-serving monarch, will trigger 11 days of official events, including the accession to the throne of Prince Charles, culminating in a state funeral.
According to the plan large crowds are expected to descend on the capital to see the Queen lying in state before a Westminster Abbey service.
Though it is unclear if the documents represent the most up-to-date arrangements as plans for the Queen’s passing change regularly, the confidential papers however said the Prime Ministers will be informed first and make a statement to the nation. Members of the Privy Council Office will also be informed, as will ministers and senior politicians, and civil servants.
Prince Charles who will be proclaimed king the following day, will speak to the country a few hours after the Prime Minister. According to the plans, the late 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.