'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | UK news | The Guardian


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"The result is an enormous objection to even thinking about – let alone talking or writing about – what will happen when the Queen dies. We avoid the subject as we avoid it in our own families. It seems like good manners, but it is also fear. The reporting for this article involved dozens of interviews with broadcasters, government officials, and departed palace staff, several of whom have worked on London Bridge directly. Almost all insisted on complete secrecy. 'This meeting never happened,' I was told after one conversation in a gentleman’s club on Pall Mall. Buckingham Palace, meanwhile, has a policy of not commenting on funeral arrangements for members of the royal family. And yet this taboo, like much to do with the monarchy, is not entirely rational, and masks a parallel reality. The next great rupture in Britain’s national life has, in fact, been planned to the minute. It involves matters of major public importance, will be paid for by us, and is definitely going to happen."
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11 weeks ago by bankbryan
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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11 weeks ago by djhworld
"And yet this taboo, like much to do with the monarchy, is not entirely rational, and masks a parallel reality. The next great rupture in Britain’s national life has, in fact, been planned to the minute."
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june 2017 by ingenu
I n 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…
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may 2017 by danielhill
RT : “If you ever hear Haunted Dancehall (Nursery Remix) by Sabres of Paradise on daytime BBC Radio 1, turn the TV on”
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may 2017 by pulsar
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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april 2017 by gmisra
#longread for if you're waiting til midnight PST to see what's happening at #BuckinghamPalace
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april 2017 by hypatia
Queen Elizabeth II
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april 2017 by toddmundt
"Geidt will contact the prime minister. The last time a British monarch died, 65 years ago, the demise of George VI was conveyed in a code word, “Hyde Park Corner”, to Buckingham Palace, to prevent switchboard operators from finding out. For Elizabeth II, the plan for what happens next is known as “London Bridge.” The prime minister will be woken, if she is not already awake, and civil servants will say “London Bridge is down” on secure lines. From the Foreign Office’s Global Response Centre, at an undisclosed location in the capital, the news will go out to the 15 governments outside the UK where the Queen is also the head of state, and the 36 other nations of the Commonwealth for whom she has served as a symbolic figurehead – a face familiar in dreams and the untidy drawings of a billion schoolchildren – since the dawn of the atomic age."
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april 2017 by gohai
The logistics involved. 0_o
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april 2017 by oldrubberboots
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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april 2017 by alvinsim
“Dawson injected the king with morphine … to have him expire in time for the printing presses of the Times”
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march 2017 by jamesholloway
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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march 2017 by minifig
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.”
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march 2017 by audunv
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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march 2017 by kejadlen
RT : "London Bridge is down": Fascinating on UK's plans for death of Queen Elizabeth, by :
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march 2017 by jamesog
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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 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 
march 2017 by ayjay
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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march 2017 by jorgebarba
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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march 2017 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 
march 2017 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.
march 2017 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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march 2017 by chriskrycho
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march 2017 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
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march 2017 by laurajnash
Operation London Bridge: The secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death -
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march 2017 by rdr
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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march 2017 by vruba
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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march 2017 by danhon
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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march 2017 by doingitwrong
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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march 2017 by russ
Really good. So, so many details. I felt surprisingly sad and oddly proud.
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march 2017 by philgyford
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march 2017 by drewcaldwell
The queen’s been the queen “since the dawn of the atomic age”. Powerful wording, spare style. Worth reading.
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march 2017 by myabc
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march 2017 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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march 2017 by jonhickman
Die Pläne und das Protokoll des Buckingham Palace für den Todestag der Queen.
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march 2017 by clabeck
Completely worth your time - read this re what happens upon the death of QE2.

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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 by chrisbeaumont
RT : Already tweeted it today, but I'm still thinking about this article. Great writing/storytelling.
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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 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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march 2017 by inspiral
This is an amazing read. Just something to behold.
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march 2017 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.
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march 2017 by schneid3306
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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