In the wake of the pandemic, if the death of The Queen happens, the procedure following the death would be amended to suit the guidelines dealing with social distancing.
The events following the death of the Queen are predefined; Britain will grind to a halt for 12 days.
The Queen of the island nation, the defender of faith, the longest reigning monarch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second is synonymous to Great Britain. It is almost impossible to think of Britain and not think of her.
The 94-year old monarch came into power in 1952 and has, since then, witnessed 13 prime ministers and 13 US presidents take the mantle to politically lead the country.
However, in the wake of the pandemic, it is to wonder what process will be taken if her Majesty passes away. Owing to social distancing, there will be some changes in the pre-decided procedure.
- The death of The Queen will see Britain grinded to a halt for the following 12 days.
- Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the predefined procedure following the death will be amended considering the social distancing guidelines.
- The royal secretary will pass on the message of the death to the Prime Minister.
- The blow to British economy if The Queen dies dueing pandemic.
Where is The Queen currently residing?
The Queen has shifted to Windsor Castle amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Having reunited with her husband Prince Philip, they both are going to reside in the cast beyond the Easter period.
We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.The Queen Elizabeth II
“At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.” added The Queen.
Further ensuring the citizens, The Queen said —
Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.
What if Prince Charles dies before The Queen?
In case The Queen dies, the Prince of Wales will become the king. Thereby, making the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla — The Queen!
However, if Prince Charles dies before The Queen — The Queen will still step down the throne as and when she turns 95. Thus, handing over the reign to the next in line after Prince Charles, that is the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
What events will follow the death of The Queen?
The events following the death of The Queen will witness the Palace issuing a bulletin to announce the death.
The Queen’s private secretary — will be conveying the message about the death of The Queen to the Prime Minister. The officials will be using the code word “London Bridge is down” on the secure lines.
Later, the following 12 days will see the funeral and the coronation. These days will be declared national holidays; banks and stock markets will be closed for the day.
Furthermore, the BBC will stop broadcasting comedy shows for the day.
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Will the royal family assemble to meet The Queen if she passes away?
The government has advised to follow social distancing considering the outbreak of the coronavirus. While the royal family is scattered all over the UK, it will be a little cumbersome to gather in the palace. Therefore, it is highly unlikely for the royal family to go against the government’s instructions.
What will the hours after the death of The Queen see?
In the hours following the Majesty’s death, various news publications will publish the obituaries that have already been prepared.
Furthermore, the British flag will fly at half-mast across the nation.
The Queen’s coffin would be at the Westminster Hall for four days. This is suppose to be done for the public to pay respects. However, with the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, this procedure will most probably be amended in order to avoid mass gathering.
Since, the death of The Queen will be one of the most significant, yet the saddest events in Britain, people will want to assemble in small and large gatherings. However, the guidelines comprising social distancing will prevent the aforementioned from happening. The Church of England put out their own guidelines regarding funerals, stating that “sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in the present circumstances”, according to The Telegraph. This would mean that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall may not attend the funeral, in case the death of The Queen happens.
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