Queen Elizabeth’s death and the events that followed had created a special protocol for informing the media and the world. It is given in a special code to high officials, Commonwealth member states, the 15 governments under the Queen’s jurisdiction and Britain’s national media, the BBC. The entire protocol was called ‘Operation London Bridge’.
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Shortly after Queen Elizabeth’s death, Edward Young, the private secretary, sends the first message to the Prime Minister that ‘London Bridge is down’. The message will then be sent to the 15 heads of state and 36 Commonwealth leaders outside the UK under the Queen’s jurisdiction. The same message will be conveyed to the BBC. The day of the Queen’s death is codenamed ‘D Day’. Official flags will be flown at half-mast everywhere to get the message across. Then the steps as per the protocol of ‘Operation London Bridge’ will start.
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At the same time, some media reported that Operation London Bridge would follow only if he died in London and ‘Operation Unicorn’ protocol would follow if he died in Scotland. When the news of the death was announced, the BBC’s news presenters would dress in black and broadcast news of the Queen’s death by suspending other programmes. The BBC logo will also be changed to black.
The London Bridge is Down protocol dictates how security arrangements, traffic control, and funeral arrangements should be made. The protocol states that King Charles will visit the countries of the UK before the funeral of the Queen. However, the representatives of the Buckingham Palace are not yet ready to officially respond whether the procedure will be the same.
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