In the aftermath of a death a period of chaos can often follow - there’s a whirlwind of emotions, and uncertainty about what to do next. This is made even worse when there is no plan in place, something that Sam, our founder experienced personally, which is why he founded Guardian Angel.
In the case of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, it’s a little bit different. You still have the collective mourning, confusion, shock and upset, but there are century-old protocols that kick into action and determine what happens next. These plans have been meticulously choreographed - dictated by tradition and the Queen herself. The plan is so thought through it even has a code name, ‘Operation London Bridge’.
Operation London Bridge is the code name for the plan for what happens when Queen Elizabeth dies.
The plan has never been formally released but elements of it have been leaked over the years. And a 2017 investigation by the Guardian revealed much of the detail of this plan.
Date to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
Her state funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey
As her coffin is taken from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey at 11 am there will be a moment of silence
Following the funeral, her coffin will be processed down to Trafalgar Square and down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, before being taken to Windsor Castle to be buried alongside Prince Philip and her parents and sister in St. George’s Chapel
The London Stock Exchange will close on the day of the Queen’s funeral and possible days after
This will be a public holiday - many businesses, shops and schools will close on this day
Not everyone will have or need such an elaborate plan for what happens after they die, but putting some form of plan in place for when we die does make life easier for the people we leave behind. Find out what your plans for when you die look like by taking this free 1 minute quiz today.