Immediately after his mother’s death, on September 8, Charles III became king, changing the line of succession to the throne. Immediately after being proclaimed king, Charles instituted 17 days of national mourning.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Operation London Bridge, prepared by the British authorities for decades, was launched. The sovereign’s funeral lasted 12 days, marked by historical events.
This process will begin again on the death of King Charles.
Operation Menai Bridge will be triggered upon the death of the new King of the United Kingdom. British authorities already have plans for the first days and weeks after the new king’s death. In fact, preparations for this scenario will begin as early as September 21, according to the Daily Star.
“Unfortunately, from tomorrow morning (Wednesday 21 September) preparations for Operation Menai Bridge will begin. The king himself said at the time of the proclamation that he would carry out this role as long as he was alive. He is 73 years old and you have to think about it. And starting with the police, we need to start preparing for the future,” said Simon Morgan, a former security officer for the British royal family.
It is a similar operation to London Bridge, the protocol for the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The events and schedule of the last few days will be repeated upon the death of King Charles III.
What will happen after the death of King Charles III
When King Charles III dies, Prince William will automatically be proclaimed the new King of the United Kingdom.
It is also possible that Charles III will abdicate, but he will most likely remain king until the last day of his life, just like his mother.
The United Kingdom would once again be thrown into a period of national mourning and a new series of changes would follow – from money, to official stamps, flags and royal insignia, as is happening now after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
And after Prince William is proclaimed king, his eldest son, Prince George, will become second in line to the throne and will likely take the title of Prince of Wales, as was the case with his father.
As Operation London Bridge showed
According to a report published by Politico before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the day the sovereign died was D-Day, while each subsequent day was referred to as D+1 and D+2 and so on. A “cascade of calls” was also made within hours of the Queen’s death to inform the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary and several senior ministers and government officials.
The Prime Minister was to be briefed by the Queen’s private secretary, as was the Privy Council Office.
Under the plans, departmental permanent secretaries have also been given a script to brief other government ministers, which reads: “We have just been informed of the death of Her Majesty The Queen”. Ministers should also have been told that “discretion is required”. The Cabinet Secretary sent an email to senior civil servants.
On receipt of this email, flags on Whitehall are to be lowered to half mast. As for the public, they are notified through an “official notice” sent by the Royal Household, the documents state.
Pilots will also inform passengers on planes if the news is announced while they are in the air.
The order of succession to the throne of Great Britain
A list explaining the order of succession to the British throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose first son became the country’s new king, Charles III, was published by AFP.
1. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Born on 21 June 1982, the eldest son of the current King Charles III
2. Prince George of Cambridge. Born on July 22, 2013, the eldest son of Prince William
3. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Born on May 2, 2015, the daughter of Prince William
4. Prince Louis of Cambridge. Born on April 23, 2018, the second son of Prince William
5. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Born on September 15, 1984, the second son of Prince Charles
6. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Born on May 6, 2019, the eldest son of Prince Harry
7. Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. Born on June 4, 2021, the daughter of Prince Harry
8. Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Born 19 February 1960, second son of Queen Elizabeth II
9. Princess Beatrice of York. Born on August 8, 1988, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew
10. Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi. Born on September 18, 2021, daughter of Princess Beatrice
11. Princess Eugenie of York. Born on March 23, 1990, the second daughter of Prince Andrew
12. August Brooksbank. Born on February 9, 2021, the son of Princess Eugenie
13. Prince Edward, Earl of Essex. Born 10 March 1964, third son of Queen Elizabeth II
14. James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn. Born on December 17, 2007, the son of Prince Edward
15. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor. Born on November 8, 2003, the daughter of Prince Edward
16. Princess Anne, Princess Royal. Born on 15 August 1950, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II
17. Peter Phillips. Born on November 15, 1977, the son of Princess Anne.
18. Savannah Phillips. Born on December 29, 2010, the eldest daughter of Peter Phillips
19. Isla Phillips. Born on March 29, 2012, the second daughter of Peter Phillips
20. Zara Tindall. Born on May 15, 1981, the daughter of Princess Anne
21. Mia Tindall. Born on January 17, 2014, the first daughter of Zara Tindall
22. Lena Tindall, born 18 June 2018, second daughter of Zara Tindall
23. Lucas Tindall. Born March 21, 2021, son of Zara Tindall
Source: Daily Star
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Publication date: 09-21-2022 08:15