What is the “London Bridge” plan, this is how Britain prepares for Elizabeth’s death
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What is the “London Bridge” plan, this is how Britain prepares for Elizabeth’s death

The first to be informed of the sad news will be the premier and the main ministers of the government, by means of a password already agreed

Plans relating to the management of the death of a reigning monarch, including information procedures, are probably prepared the day after the accession to the throne: the latest version of the one concerning Elizabeth II was called “London Bridge“. The first to be informed of the unfortunate news will be the premier and the main ministers of the government, by means of a password already agreed, which in the case in question is “The London Bridge has collapsed”, in honor of the almost homonymous famous nursery rhyme. for children.

The protocol – From this moment the operation called “London Bridge” will start, a meticulous procedure that will end only with the state funeral. After the ministers it will be up to the Foreign Office’s Global Response Center to inform the fourteen governments that recognize the queen as Head of State, and then do the same with the other 36 countries of the Commonwealth.

The media – As for the information side, it will not be the BBC that will have the exclusivity of the first announcement but the news will be transmitted to the Press Association agency and therefore simultaneously to all global media. Those who do not have televisions, radios or smartphones will be able to read a dispatch that a servant dressed strictly in mourning will attach to the gates of Buckingham Palace.

On the other hand, the televisions – which for years have regularly carried out broadcast tests to address the event – will compete for the main real experts – some have already been placed under exclusive contracts pending the appropriate time, while newspapers and agencies will hurry to publish the respectfully prepared crocodiles for as many years. As for the commercial radios, the control rooms will turn on special emergency lights in the studio to warn the DJs who will have the task of broadcasting quiet music while waiting to pass the line to the news.