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Queen Elizabeth II passed away Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, ending a 70-year reign– the longest in UK history– and setting in movement (what else?) an extensively prepared project of royal procedures. Prince Charles to be King Charles III, the Windsor corgis ideally gets rehomed, and, in something like 10 days, the queen lastly gets put to rest. That, a minimum of, is the plan sketched by files Politico acquired in 2015, detailing the main prepare for when the queen passes away. Today, September 8, ends up being D-Day in palace code; D-Day +1 is tomorrow, and D-Day +10 must be the funeral service. Though the details of the strategy undergo alter based upon the situations, it must go something like this:
• D-Days +2 and +3: The queen starts her return from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace. Politico has actually formerly reported that this will occur either by train (Operation Unicorn) or by aircraft (Operation Overstudy), and it appears we are choosing the previous. however according to The Guardian the casket will make the very first leg of the journey by roadway. On D-Day +3, she will stop at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for a service that the royal household will participate in. If that mathematics exercises, D-Day +2 would be Saturday and +3 will be Sunday.
• D-Day +4: st. Giles’ will then open to the general public for 24 hr, after which the queen will board an over night train to London on D-Day +4, according to The Guardian While she remains in transit, there must be a trial run for Operation Lion, or the procession of the queen’s casket from the Palace of Buckingham to the Palace of Westminster. Once again, if I’m counting properly, that implies Monday.
• D-Day +5: The queen’s casket must get to Buckingham Palace. Soon afterwards, her last procession through London starts genuine, culminating in a Westminster Hall service. This brings us as much as Tuesday.
• D-Days +6 to +9: Commence Operation Plume, which is the code word for the duration the queen will invest depending on state. From Politico: “Her casket will push a raised box called a catafalque in the middle of Westminster Hall, which will be open to the general public for 23 hours daily. Tickets will be released for VIPs so they can have a time slot.” The state funeral service might likewise be practiced on Plume’s very first day, Wednesday.
• D-Day +10: State funeral service at Westminster Abbey, marked by 2 minutes of celebratory silence at midday, and a committal service at Windsor Castle prior to the queen is buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel there. The day of the state funeral service will be a “Day of National Grieving,” which, according to Politico, “will efficiently be a bank vacation.” A caution, though: “If the funeral service falls on the weekend or an existing bank vacation, an additional bank vacation will not be approved.” Today, my D-Day estimations put the funeral service on Sunday, September 18, which perhaps implies no extra day of rest for the British public. This does not appear rather best to me, however might be what the queen– who overcame COVID and swore in a brand-new prime minister hours prior to her death– would have desired. We will never ever understand.