Because the world processes the information of Queen Elizabeth II‘s dying on the age of 96, it’s solely pure to ask: What occurs now that the rule of the world’s longest-reigning monarch has come to an finish? What’s deliberate for her funeral? Is Prince Charles king already? Are there competing claims to the throne? Will they’ve to vary all the cash and passports? We’ve been asking ourselves these very questions (and extra), and we’ve put collectively these solutions.
What Is Operation London Bridge?
“London Bridge is down” is the codephrase used internally by the royal household and the federal government to convey information of the queen’s passing, and Operation London Bridge refers back to the occasions that may unfold in consequence, which have been deliberate (and have developed) for the reason that Sixties. Particularly:
- There shall be a interval of nationwide mourning, lasting 12 days, throughout which flags will fly at half-mast at authorities places of work and royal residences.
- The queen’s physique will lie in state for 3 days at Westminster Corridor, according to the Independent, adopted by a state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey.
- The day of the funeral shall be a nationwide vacation, so anticipate establishments such because the inventory market to be closed.
- All through the mourning interval, there ought to be a number of public tributes from outstanding figures and politicians.
Extra plans could also be introduced quickly on royal.uk, the official web site of the Royal Household, which is “quickly unavailable whereas applicable adjustments are made.”
However Is Charles King Already?
Though his coronation is being deliberate (it would even be a nationwide vacation), Prince Charles is now already thought of King Charles III, and Camilla Parker-Bowles is the Queen Consort.
That is apparently what the queen needed:
However Are There Competing Claims to the British Throne?
Charles is king now, however the line of succession goes past him, after all. His son, Prince William, is the inheritor obvious — that’s, he has an uncontested proper to the throne. If William had been a mere heir presumptive, which can also be a factor, his proper might be challenged if the sovereign fathered one other youngster who would rank greater in line to the throne. Following William, the road of succession threads by means of his youngsters, again to his youthful brother, Harry, and ultimately hits Charles’s youthful brother, Andrew, Duke of York, earlier than going to his youngsters.
Though you yourself are probably related to Charlemagne, the Eighth-century king of the Franks, you aren’t in line for the throne.
What Occurs to British Cash and Passports?
The queen’s face adorns the paper cash and coinage not solely of the UK however of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. That’s all prone to change, although the Mirror notes there is yet no timetable for the alteration. Ditto for stamps and passports (which confer with “Her Majesty”). Altering the nationwide anthem from “God Save the Queen” to “God Save the King” ought to occur on a speedier schedule.