Secret plans for the days following the Queen’s death have been leaked, revealing her son and heir Prince Charles has a very busy few days travelling around the country and giving speeches
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When the Queen passes away, Britain will mourn a Monarch who has dedicated her entire life to serving her country.
But Prince Charles will also be grieving his beloved “Mummy”, however he’ll also have a lot of official duties to carry out as he takes the throne and becomes King Charles.
Plans for the days that follow her death have been leaked in full for the first time to Politico, revealing how the news will be announced, official mourning protocol and the codewords that will be used.
The day of the Queen’s death will be known as ‘D-Day’, and the days afterwards will be referred to as ‘D-Day + the number of days that have passed’.
The documents also detail how the heir to the throne will become King Charles, and his first duties as he takes over the role of Monarch.
Prince Charles will be obviously be one of the first people to be told of his mother’s passing.
Once politicians and other senior officials have been made aware, the royal household will officially announce the news to the public.
While flags are lowered across the UK and parliament is adjourned, the royal family will share the plans for the Queen’s funeral – which is due to take place 10 days after her passing.
Prince Charles will have his first Prime Minster audience, chatting to whoever is in the position at the time behind closed doors.
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At 6pm, Charles will deliver a TV broadcast to the nation.
The day after his mum’s death, the Accession Council will meet at 10am to proclaim Prince Charles as the new sovereign.
The ceremony will be attended by hundreds of people – including the Prime Minster.
Still in mourning, guests will wear suits with black or dark ties.
Once this has taken place, a proclamation will be read at St James’s Palace and the Royal Exchange to confirm the new King.
Two days after her death, the Queen’s coffin will be returned to Buckingham Palace. King Charles’s plans on this day are not listed on the leaked documents, however he will be busy settling into his new role.
On the third day, things will step up a gear for King Charles as he embarks on a UK tour.
Before he leaves the capital he will receive the motion of condolence at Westminster Hall.
By the afternoon he’ll be in Scotland meeting the Scottish parliament. There will be a service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The following day he will travel to Northern Ireland. He will attend services at Hillsborough Castle and Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral.
Back in London, the Queen’s coffin will be taken from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.
Even thought the funeral has been planned years in advance, the final rehearsals will take place on the sixth day.
King Charles will travel up to Wales for another condolence service, this time with the Welsh parliament.
10 days after the Queen’s death, her state funeral will take place in London.
King Charles will be joined by wife Camilla, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the royal family to pay their final respects at Westminster Abbey.
There will also be processions in Windsor and a two-minute national silence at midday.