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Here’s what would happen when the Queen dies

Nicole Morley

Here’s what would happen when the Queen dies
Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth (Picture: Getty)
Buckingham Palace have confirmed that both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are alive.
Rumours started swirling about Her Majesty’s health after a fake news account posing as the BBC tweeted a breaking news alert last night.
The royal death scare – and subsequent conspiracy theories about a media blackout – has since been rubbished by the Palace, but it did get a lot of people wondering.
It may be a little morbid, but it is coming – so here’s what would happen if the queen dies:


Floral Tributes Left Outside The Late Queen Mother's Home, Clarence House. (Picture: Getty)
Floral Tributes Left Outside The Late Queen Mother’s Home, Clarence House. (Picture: Getty)
Britain would enter a period of mourning for at least 12 days following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The magnitude of her death would be enormous, it would alter everything from our finance industry to our television schedule.
The death of a reigning monarch plays havoc with the economy and will also impact the stock markets and the country’s banks.

How it’s announced

The way the Queen’s death is announced will depend on how she dies.
If, for instance, her passing is expected due to a long illness or similar, there will already be a plan in place should she succumb.
Because it’s funded by license-payers, all BBC channels will show the BBC 1 broadcast announcing her death. Other channels are not required to interrupt regular scheduling, though it’s almost certain they will.
Although if it is sudden, or in a public place like Princess Diana, the palace will have little control over the news spreading.
After the initial announcement that the Queen has died, the BBC will cancel scheduled comedy shows until after her funeral.

Prince Charles

This photograph taken by Nick Knight is a portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, England in May 2016, prior to the final night of The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Pageant, to mark the end of the year of celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday. (©2016 Nick Knight)
This photograph taken by Nick Knight is a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, England in May 2016 (Picture: Nick Knight)
As first in line to the throne, if his mother dies, Prince Charles will become King Charles.
The words to the National Anthem and new postage stamps and currency will be minted and printed to reflect Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne.
MPs would be expected to pledge their allegiance to the new monarch – although there is a tradition among republican MPs to cross their fingers while taking the oath.
Prince William would become the Prince of Wales once his father took the crown, giving Kate the title of Princess of Wales, once held by Diana.

The funeral

Mourners lay flowers after Diana's death in 1997 (Picture: Getty)
Mourners lay flowers after Diana’s death in 1997 (Picture: Getty)
Before being buried, the Queen’s body will ‘lie in state’ in public viewing in Westminster Hall open for 23 hours a day until the funeral.
When the coffin arrives there will be a short ceremony, before people will be able to pay their respects.
The number of mourners expected to queue up to see the Queen is immeasurable. More than 200,000 members of the public paid their respects to the Queen Mother when she died in 2002.
After Princess Diana’s death in 1997, tens of thousands of mourners laid bouquets of flowers outside the palace.
The funeral itself is expected to take place 12 days after the Queen’s death and will be broadcast on television and streamed online.
The Queen Mother's coffin makes its way to Westminster Abbey (Picture: Getty)
The Queen Mother’s coffin makes its way to Westminster Abbey (Picture: Getty)
The state funeral will begin by her coffin being taken to Westminster Abbey by gun carriage, where it will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Leaders and heads of state from across the world will attend, and it’s likely that members of the public will line the route of the funeral cortege.
Following the funeral, the Queen’s body could be laid to rest in a number of places.
Many speculate she could be buried at her properties in either Balmoral or Sandringham.
While other reports suggest she would be buried in a plot next to her father King George VI at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Bigger impacts
The chain reaction of the Queen’s death will be considerably greater than a new King and a period of mourning.
With the death of the long-serving head of state, some of the 53 countries may choose to sever ties and become a republic.
Her death could also cause a rise of republicanism here in Britain. While there is still strong support for the royal family, many see it as an outdated tradition.
Depending on Charles’ rule, people may call for the Monarchy to be abolished all together.

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