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


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15 days ago 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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16 days ago by gohai
The logistics involved. 0_o
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19 days ago by oldrubberboots
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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23 days ago 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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26 days ago 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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28 days ago 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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4 weeks ago by audunv
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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4 weeks ago by kejadlen
RT : "London Bridge is down": Fascinating on UK's plans for death of Queen Elizabeth, by :
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5 weeks ago by jamesog
Last week:
- London Bridge
- 27 years alone
- Rebecca Solnit
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.”
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5 weeks 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 weeks 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.
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5 weeks 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 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by chriskrycho
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5 weeks 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
5 weeks ago by laurajnash
Operation London Bridge: The secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death -
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5 weeks ago by rdr
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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5 weeks ago by russ
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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5 weeks ago by danhon
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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5 weeks ago by doingitwrong
Enjoying this near-future science fiction – emphasis on social issues, fun use of future tense, very British:
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5 weeks ago by vruba
Really good. So, so many details. I felt surprisingly sad and oddly proud.
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5 weeks ago by philgyford
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5 weeks ago by drewcaldwell
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by jonhickman
Die Pläne und das Protokoll des Buckingham Palace für den Todestag der Queen.
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by chrisbeaumont
RT : Already tweeted it today, but I'm still thinking about this article. Great writing/storytelling.
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by michaelkpate
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by inspiral
This is an amazing read. Just something to behold.
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5 weeks 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.
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5 weeks ago by schneid3306
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by genmon
"Every station has prepared music lists made up of 'Mood 2' (sad) or 'Mood 1' (saddest) songs to reach for…"
5 weeks ago by jleedev
RT : This is a remarkable read about what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies.
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5 weeks 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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5 weeks ago by christos
RT : the guardian article about how the british media will cover the queen's death is amazing
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5 weeks ago by carlfish