Since the news of her death on September 8, at the age of 96, there have been questions over what happens after Queen Elizabeth dies and who will take over the throne after she passes away. Her passing was confirmed by Buckingham Palace with a statement that read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Queen Elizabeth II is the first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She became Queen of the United Kingdom as well as the other Commonwealth countries in February 1952 after the death of her father. She was 25 years old at the time. She was married to Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, from November 1947 until Prince Philip’s death in April 2021. The two had four children together: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Buckingham Palace announced on September 8, 2022, that Queen Elizabeth was put under “medical supervision” due to “concern” from her doctors. “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the statement read. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.” The palace also confirmed that Prince Charles, Camila Parker Bowles and Prince William were immediately informed of the Queen’s health. “Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have traveled to Balmoral,” the palace said.
When will Prince Charles become king?
While a coronation might not happen for several months, Prince Charles assumes the title of king immediately after his mother’s death.
Prince Charles became king immediately after his mother’s death, taking the title King Charles III. There will be formal pronouncements and a coronation, likely within a year of Elizabeth’s death, but none are requisites for his taking the throne.
Since their marriage in 2005, Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, has been known as princess consort, a title with no historical or legal precedent. Camilla is now queen consort under English common law.
Elizabeth’s son Charles becomes king, and his wife, Camilla, becomes queen consort.
Charles is expected to introduce as Queen Camilla at his Accession Council, on Friday or “D+1.” The council will officially proclaim him king of England on the same day.
Elizabeth declared her support for these succession plans in February, during her Platinum Jubilee.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” she said. “And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
While her death has stunned her subjects — and the world — arrangements have been meticulously planned for years.
What happens when Queen Elizabeth dies?
What happens when Queen Elizabeth II dies? Buckingham Palace has a plan in place in the event the Queen dies. The plan is titled “Operation London Bridge” if the Queen dies in London; and “Operation Union” if the Queen dies in Scotland.) After the Queen’s death, there will be 10 days of activity.
What happens immediately after Queen Elizabeth dies?
Immediately after the Queen’s death (a day referred to as “D-Day”), news will be shared with United Kingdom government officials with a code phrase rumored to be: “London Bridge is down.” The Prime Minister will be informed by the Queen’s private secretary, while other senior ministers and officials will be informed before the general public via an official notification from Buckingham Palace. News of the Queen’s death will also be shared with the governments of which she is the head of state, along with the nations of Commonwealth, which she is considered a symbolic figurehead for.
After government officials are told of the Queen’s death, the news will then be announced to the public in a release to the British Press Association. Flags across Whitehall will be lowered to half mast. Buckingham Palace will also other stage displays of mourning, including black imagery on its official social media accounts and websites and a black death announcement pinned to the gates of Buckingham Palace in London. The British royal family and the prime minister are also expected to issue official statements. The heir apparent to the British throne—the Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales—will also deliver a broadcast to the United Kingdom’s as its new king at 6 p.m. local time. A service of remembrance will also take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral that night. The British royal family will also announce plans for the Queen’s funeral, which is expected to be held 10 days after her death.
What happens the day after Queen Elizabeth dies?
The day after Queen Elizabeth dies, Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was received by the Queen in September 2022, and her Cabinet will meet the Queen’s coffin at St. Pancras station. If the Queen dies in Balmoral, Scotland, “Operation Union” will be executed, which means her body will transported to London by royal train if possible. If travel by train isn’t possible, “Operation Overstudy” will be enacted instead and her body will travel by plane.
What happens on the third and fourth days after Queen Elizabeth dies?
In the third and fourth day after Queen Elizabeth dies, Prince Charles, now King, will start his tour of the United Kingdom. Charles is expected to finish touring the whole country the day before the queen’s funeral. On the fourth day after the Queen’s death, a rehearsal for the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will take place.
What happens on the fifth day after Queen Elizabeth dies?
In the fifth day after Queen Elizabeth dies, the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will occur. The service will end in Westminster Hall.
What happens on the sixth day after Queen Elizabeth dies?
After the procession, the Queen’s coffin will remain at the Palace of Westminster for three days, where the public can visit her and pay their respects starting on the sixth day after Queen Elizabeth’s death. On the sixth day after the Queen’s death, the state funeral processional rehearsal will occur. Heads of state from other government, as well as VIPs from abroad will start to arrive for the Queen’s funeral.
What happens during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?
The day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be known as a “Day of National Mourning,” something the Prime Minister and the Queen agreed upon before her death. The day will also be a bank holiday for the United Kingdom. (If it falls on an existing bank holiday or weekend, not extra day will be given off, however.) Employers will not be ordered to give their employees the day off, however, it is encouraged.
The Queen’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey. A two-minute silence across the United Kingdom will also happen midday. A committal service will be held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before the Queen is buried in the castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel.