Ministers rehearse for Queen’s death for first time in secret exercise

Ministers rehearse for Queen’s death for first time in secret exercise

A spokeswoman for the Palace said: "The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning's service at St Paul's Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of Michael and St George".

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is going through a health scare and for the first time, the government ministers conducted an exercise to practice for the funeral ceremony!

The meeting was scheduled before the 92-year-old head of state had to miss a service at St Paul's Cathedral because she was unwell. "Previously, it has only been officials", a source told the paper.

Upon the actual death of The Queen, the Prime Minister, if not already awake, will be woken and informed straight-away by civil servants that "London Bridge is down".

According to the newspaper The Sunday Times, during the rehearsal called Castle Dove ("dove Castle") it was studied the action plan, codenamed "London bridge" on the code D+1 - that is, the day after the death of the Queen.

In 2016 - the year she turned 90 - the monarch called time on her overseas travels, leaving long-haul destinations to the younger members of her family.

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Speaking to the Sunday Times, one cabinet minister said: "Things have clearly been stepped up because of the ageing process".

Recall that Elizabeth II is 92, and she is the oldest of all monarchs of the world. Ministers studied plans for 600 members of the privy council to assemble at Buckingham Palace to rubber-stamp the accession of the new king.

Details emerged a year ago of "London Bridge", so-named after the code phrase ("London Bridge is down") which was to be used by the Queen's private secretary to inform his or her counterpart in Downing Street of the sovereign's passing.

At the beginning of the month, it was revealed the Queen had undergone eye surgery to remove a cataract, but wore sunglasses in public rather than cancel her long-planned engagements. The new king is expected to embark on a whistle-stop tour of Wales and Scotland to emphasise their place in the bosom of Charles III's kingdom, while plans are finalised for a relatively rapid coronation in the afterglow of affection for Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, the Queen is said to be due for surgery on her knees but is refusing the operation.

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