She has visited more countries than any other British King or Queen before her. She's the oldest monarch and, in case you managed to miss the stories on the subject last year, the longest-reigning British monarch ever. So it's odd to think that she almost didn't become Queen at all.
A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, Since ascending to the throne inthe monarch has seen 12 Prime Ministers serve Britain, and lived through another 12 US Presidents.
At some point — not for many years yet, we hope — Queen Elizabeth II's reign will come to an end. But what happens then? For at least 12 days — between her passing, the funeral and beyond — Britain will grind to a halt.
It'll cost the British economy billions in lost earnings. But to focus on the financial disruption doesn't begin to describe the sheer magnitude of it.
It will be an event unlike anything Britain has ever seen before. There will be trivial disruptions — the BBC will cancel all comedy shows, for example — and jarring cultural changes.
Prince Charles may change his name, for instance, and the words of the national anthem will be changed, too. The deaths of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother both brought on waves of public mourning and hysteria. But the Queen, due to her longevity and fundamental place atop British society, will be on a whole new level above that.
The vast majority of British people have simply never known life without the Queen. It will be a strange, uncertain time. If it's expected from a long illness, saythen detailed plans will have been put in place for handling it and making the announcement.
These plans are already being made: Inside Buckingham Palace, arrangements for after the Queen's passing and the subsequent succession are known as the "Bridge. Either way, the majority of staff at the Palace and associated institutions will be immediately sent home.
The Royal Court has a staff hotline for distributing news and instructions to employees in the event of occasions like this. Many of the details in this story were provided to Business Insider by a former staff member of the Palace.
Assuming the Queen's passing was expected, the news will spread at first via the main TV channels. The other independent channels won't be obligated to interrupt their regular programming.
But they almost certainly will. At the BBC, anchors actively practice for the eventuality of the Monarch's passing so they won't be caught unaware on their shifts. The BBC's Peter Sissons was heavily criticised for wearing a red tie to announce the Queen Mother's passing as seen aboveand the BBC now keeps black ties and suits at the ready at all times.
Presenters also run drills in which they're required to make sudden "spoof" announcements that are never broadcast. All comedy will be cancelled There will be no Charlie Chaplin for weeks.
The Daily Mail reports that the BBC plans to do the same again today, cancelling all comedy until after the funeral.
CNN has pre-recorded "packages" on the Queen's life ready to be aired at a moment's notice, we're told — and so will every other major news channel. Some businesses may choose to close if the announcement happens during working hours.
The protocols government bodies will follow will emanate from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport though they may also originate from the Palace.
But the immediate government response beyond official statements of condolences will be hard to predict, the former palace employee we spoke to said. The last monarch died in ; procedures that seemed apt then may be woefully antiquated today. Whatever happens formally, the shock on the day of the Queen's passing will see Britain effectively cease to function.
The day of the funeral, around two weeks later, will be declared a bank holiday, but "shell-shocked" mourning will continue throughout this time. It will trend globally on social media. After all, Britain has a massive overseas presence — not just via its embassies, but also former colonies and the Commonwealth, which swears loyalty to the crown, and more informally in any country where English is spoken.
The British Empire once covered a quarter of the earth's landmass and for a brief, surreal period it will feel as if the Empire still exists, as all its former subjects will turn toward Britain for the news. A former ambassador we spoke to said what will happen overseas depends on the manner of the Queen's passing.Queen Elizabeth II is the current queen of the United Kingdom.
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