OPERATION London Bridge – the codename for the complicated plan of action following the Queen’s death – was launched.
The day of Her Majesty’s death would have been D-Day or D+0, but because the announcement came late yesterday, the schedule has been pushed back, meaning D+0 is today.
Ten days of mourning follow, culminating in the Queen’s funeral.
The plan has been in existence since the 1960s and is updated every year, involving government agencies, the police, the Church of England and even Transport for London.
Full plans are yet to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace, but that’s what’s expected next…
THE King and Queen Consort stayed in Balmoral last night but will return to London today.
Despite his grief, the duty of the new sovereign calls for Charles, and his first audience as monarch with Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to take place as soon as possible.
The king will also make his first televised address to the nation.
And he will meet with the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk responsible for the accession to the throne and the Queen’s funeral, to approve the timetable for the coming days.
The king decides the length of court or royal mourning for members of the royal family and royal households. It’s supposed to last a month.
The Government will confirm the length of national mourning, which is expected to be 12 to 13 days from now until the day after the Queen’s funeral.
It is also announced that the day of the funeral will be a public holiday in the form of a national day of mourning.
The Prime Minister and senior ministers will attend a public memorial service at St Paul’s in central London. The Commons are expected to sit to hear tributes.
Union flags on royal buildings will fly at half-mast, while bells will ring at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle, and gun salutes – one round for each year of the Queen’s life – will be fired in Hyde Park and other stations.
The floodlights in the royal residences will be turned off and the public will begin to leave flowers.
The accession council is likely to meet at St James’s Palace in London to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign.
First, the privy council meets without the king to proclaim the new monarch and arrange business related to the proclamation.
Then Charles holds his first Privy Council, accompanied by the new Queen Consort Camilla and William, who are also Privy Counselors, and makes his personal statement and oath.
The first public proclamation of the new Sovereign is read by the Garter King of Arms in the open air on the balcony of Friary Court at St James’s Palace.
Union flags return to full mast at 1 p.m. and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations before returning to half mast.
Proclamations are being made across the city and across the country.
Charles will also meet with the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
SUN 11 SEPT
The Queen’s coffin is expected to be taken down the road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
The proclamations will be read in the devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
MON 12 SEPT
A PROCESSION along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral is followed by a service and the Princes’ Vigil attended by members of the Royal Family.
The public may have the opportunity to pass the Queen’s coffin at a Mini on display in St Giles.
The House of Commons and House of Lords are expected to meet in Westminster for a condolence motion, which the King could attend.
After leaving England and visiting Scotland, Charles will travel to the other countries of the UK – Wales and Northern Ireland – known as Operation Spring Tide.
TUESDAY 13 SEPT
Her Majesty’s coffin being flown to London. It will then rest at Buckingham Palace.
There is a rehearsal for the procession of coffins from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.
WED 14 SEPT
The OP-OMF-QUEEN-MS-SARG, lying in state, will begin at Westminster Hall after a procession and service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The public will pay their respects for four days and senior royals can stand guard at the Princes’ Vigil.
THU SEPT 15
Her Majesty’s coffin will remain at Westminster Hall as part of Operation Marquee.
A rehearsal is likely to take place ahead of the poignant procession at her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The LYING in the state continues. The heads of state arrive for the funeral.
The King has another audience with the Prime Minister. In the evening there is a reception for heads of state, governors-general, prime ministers and other official guests.
MON 19 SEPT
A televised state funeral is expected at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s coffin is to be pulled by sailors on a carriage. Senior royals will follow.
After the service there will be an admission to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
A national silence of two minutes is planned.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6181593/plan-days-up-to-queen-funeral/ In the daily schedule for the 10 days leading up to the Queen’s funeral