New details have been shared for the UK’s plan for when the Queen passes away. Titled Operation London Bridge, the plan will see the country enter a period of official mourning.
According to the Mirror, the Royal Household to the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers will request that religious buildings ring their bells with muffles in order to create a more solemn sound. Now, leatherworkers have been increasingly busy as churches are ensuring their leather muffles are ready for the sad day. For most churches, the mufflers will not have been used since King George VI’s death 70 years ago.
Vicki Chapman, from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, told the Mail on Sunday that adding the muffle turns the bells’ normal “dong, dong, dong” into more of a thudding sound. She said: “We have spent a lot of time talking to the Royal Household and Lambeth Palace about the day the monarch passes, which we hope will not be any time soon. It is important as it is about paying due reverence to the service of the monarch and commemorating her life.”
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Last year saw the full details of Operation London Bridge were leaked. Reports suggest the plans include the first official act within 10 minutes of the news, and then a day-by-day plan lasting 10 days will come into effect. All flags on government and official buildings will be flown at half-mast within 10 minutes of the news breaking, and Prince Charles will also address the nation on the day of his mother’s passing.
The Prime Minister will be the first government member to issue a statement. Prince Charles, who will become king, will tour the UK before the Queen’s funeral is held 10 days after her death. Her coffin will lie in state for three days at the Houses of Parliament, with authorities anticipating hundreds of thousands of people visiting London. Plans will be put in place to prevent food shortages and traffic gridlock in the capital, while any other Parliamentary business is set to be suspended for 10 days.
Details of what will happen, named Operation London Bridge, were leaked to Politico, which says officials will refer to the day the Queen dies as ‘D Day’. The days following called D Day plus the number of days that have passed. For example the second day will be D Day Plus One.