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'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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RT : "London Bridge is down": Fascinating on UK's plans for death of Queen Elizabeth, by :
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4 days ago by jamesog
Last week:
- London Bridge
- 27 years alone
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4 days ago by dalcrose
Unlike the US presidency, say, monarchies allow huge passages of time – a century, in some cases – to become entwined with an individual. The second Elizabethan age is likely to be remembered as a reign of uninterrupted national decline, and even, if she lives long enough and Scotland departs the union, as one of disintegration. Life and politics at the end of her rule will be unrecognisable from their grandeur and innocence at its beginning. “We don’t blame her for it,” Philip Ziegler, the historian and royal biographer, told me. “We have declined with her, so to speak.”
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4 days ago by rosscatrow
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
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5 days ago by dubo
"If you ever hear Haunted Dancehall..on daytime Radio 1, turn the TV on. Something terrible has just happened.”
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5 days ago by jameswagner
More overwhelming than any of this, though, there will be an almighty psychological reckoning for the kingdom that she leaves behind. The Queen is Britain’s last living link with our former greatness – the nation’s id, its problematic self-regard – which is still defined by our victory in the second world war. One leading historian, who like most people I interviewed for this article declined to be named, stressed that the farewell for this country’s longest-serving monarch will be magnificent. “Oh, she will get everything,” he said. “We were all told that the funeral of Churchill was the requiem for Britain as a great power. But actually it will really be over when she goes.” [...]

The second Elizabethan age is likely to be remembered as a reign of uninterrupted national decline, and even, if she lives long enough and Scotland departs the union, as one of disintegration. Life and politics at the end of her rule will be unrecognisable from their grandeur and innocence at its beginning. “We don’t blame her for it,” Philip Ziegler, the historian and royal biographer, told me. “We have declined with her, so to speak.” [...]

What we think of as the ancient rituals of the monarchy were mainly crafted in the late 19th century, towards the end of Victoria’s reign. Courtiers, politicians and constitutional theorists such as Walter Bagehot worried about the dismal sight of the Empress of India trooping around Windsor in her donkey cart. If the crown was going to give up its executive authority, it would have to inspire loyalty and awe by other means – and theatre was part of the answer. “The more democratic we get,” wrote Bagehot in 1867, “the more we shall get to like state and show.”
England  history  London 
5 days ago by ayjay
The long read: She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
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5 days ago by iandick
She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
UK  monarchy  longform  royalty 
5 days ago by Weaverbird
She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
5 days ago by silvertongue
More overwhelming than any of this, though, there will be an almighty psychological reckoning for the kingdom that she leaves behind. The Queen is Britain’s last living link with our former greatness – the nation’s id, its problematic self-regard – which is still defined by our victory in the second world war. One leading historian, who like most people I interviewed for this article declined to be named, stressed that the farewell for this country’s longest-serving monarch will be magnificent. “Oh, she will get everything,” he said. “We were all told that the funeral of Churchill was the requiem for Britain as a great power. But actually it will really be over when she goes.”

There will be an almighty psychological reckoning for the kingdom that she leaves behind
Unlike the US presidency, say, monarchies allow huge passages of time – a century, in some cases – to become entwined with an individual. The second Elizabethan age is likely to be remembered as a reign of uninterrupted national decline, and even, if she lives long enough and Scotland departs the union, as one of disintegration. Life and politics at the end of her rule will be unrecognisable from their grandeur and innocence at its beginning. “We don’t blame her for it,” Philip Ziegler, the historian and royal biographer, told me. “We have declined with her, so to speak.”
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6 days ago by chriskrycho
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6 days ago by stinkingpig
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
6 days ago by laurajnash
Operation London Bridge: The secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death -
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6 days ago by rdr
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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6 days ago by vruba
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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6 days ago by doingitwrong
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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6 days ago by russ
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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6 days ago by danhon
Really good. So, so many details. I felt surprisingly sad and oddly proud.
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6 days ago by philgyford
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6 days ago by drewcaldwell
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6 days ago by MrMartineau
These highly intricate plans for when the Queen dies but nobody in charge had a plan for a Brexit yes vote ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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6 days ago by jonhickman
Die Pläne und das Protokoll des Buckingham Palace für den Todestag der Queen.
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6 days ago by clabeck
Completely worth your time - read this re what happens upon the death of QE2.

HT ​ for the link.
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6 days ago by trib
RT @samknightwrites: "It will be quite fundamental." My @gdnlongread about the plans for the death of the Queen: https://t.co/mucRXRBax7
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6 days ago by Kburgin
RT : I am absolutely agog to learn King George V was euthanised in order for his death to hit a print deadline
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7 days ago by chrisbeaumont
RT : Already tweeted it today, but I'm still thinking about this article. Great writing/storytelling.
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7 days ago by kcarruthers
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
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7 days ago by cthorpe
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there.
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7 days ago by Goldmanjordan
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
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7 days ago by michaelkpate
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7 days ago by craniac
stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
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7 days ago by inspiral
This is an amazing read. Just something to behold.
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7 days ago by ewerickson
The long read: She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
england  royals 
7 days ago by schneid3306
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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7 days ago by citizenk
Am sure most of my followers have read this by now, but read it. I'm utterly in awe at the level of detail.
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7 days ago by thomwithoutanh
I am absolutely agog to learn King George V was euthanised in order for his death to hit a print deadline
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7 days ago by genmon
"Every station has prepared music lists made up of 'Mood 2' (sad) or 'Mood 1' (saddest) songs to reach for…"
7 days ago by jleedev
RT : This is a remarkable read about what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies.
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7 days ago by mhick
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
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7 days ago by christos
RT : the guardian article about how the british media will cover the queen's death is amazing
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7 days ago by carlfish
"It will be quite fundamental." My about the plans for the death of the Queen:
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7 days ago by paulhhowells
the guardian article about how the british media will cover the queen's death is amazing
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7 days ago by mathewi
In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. via Pocket
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7 days ago by egwillim
Highly recommended - and I am rarely impressed by a "long read." Meticulous reporting + fine writing.
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7 days ago by macloo
This long piece on what happens when the Queen dies is wild.
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7 days ago by fanficforensics
This long piece on what happens when the Queen dies is wild.
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7 days ago by penllawen
TIL George V's doctor euthanized him with morphine and cocaine to ensure his death met the Times' print deadline
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7 days ago by adampasick
not much makes me feel more disconnected from British Identity than reading things like this
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7 days ago by alexhern
RT : What a read this is.
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7 days ago by beccabrown