She has been the reigning monarch for more than 60 years, and for many, it’s impossible to imagine the United Kingdom without Queen Elizabeth II. She is 91 years old, though, and unless she really is an alien lizard beneath her skin – one of the more interesting proposals from conspiracy theorists – her time here in the earthly realm will one day end.
Now given that the Royals aren’t really known for their restraint when it comes to pomp and ceremony, we can expect quite a few dramatic changes once the Queen passes away. Here we reveal some of the more intriguing of such changes – everything from the special code announcing her death to the new laws regarding comedy. Yes, comedy.
There’s a special code word
Of course, the first step will be to get the word out. So the Queen’s private secretary will get in touch with the Prime Minister and deliver the phrase “London Bridge is down,” which will set everything into motion.
There will be a special notice
In a very dramatic touch, a footman clad in mourning clothes will affix a somber notice to Buckingham Palace. The notice will be black-edged, and it will be stuck to the gates of the royal residence.
DJs will switch to code blue
It sounds strange, but it’s true. Radio stations will flash special blue “obituary lights,” and DJs will then lead into the news.
Laughter will be outlawed
Okay, well they can’t outlaw laughter itself, but it is true that there will be no comedy until the Queen has been laid to rest.
Pilots will make a special announcement
If you happen to be in-flight when the Queen passes, expect to hear your pilot interrupt proceedings to notify passengers of her death.
The Stock Exchange will go dark
It might seem crazy, given that it could well cost the United Kingdom’s economy billions of pounds, but it is expected that as a show of respect, the London Stock Exchange will cease business.
The body will be guarded by Grenadier Guards
Having drawn her last breath, the Queen will lie in repose in the palace’s throne room. There, four Grenadier Guards in familiar headgear will watch over her body.
King Charles tickets will be hot off the presses in 24 hours
Those interested in witnessing the proclamation of King Charles won’t have to wait long for their tickets. They’re set to be printed 24 hours after the Queen dies.
Prepare for Queen Camilla
The romance between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles is one of the most fraught royal stories of all time. However, they have now been husband and wife for many years, and when the Queen passes, the crown will reside upon Camilla’s head.
At least half a million will flock to the palace
For 23 hours a day, the palace will welcome the public – and it is predicted that about half a million will want to pay their respects.
There will be a specific mourning period
They will be gray days indeed. After the Queen’s death, the United Kingdom must mourn for at least three days.
Anthem change – God save whom?
An updated national anthem will be among the many changes to be ushered in by the Queen’s death. Consequently, there will be no more “God save our gracious Queen…”; it will be amended to “Gracious King.”
There will be ten days between her death and the funeral
There will be a full ten days before the Queen is finally laid to rest. This ten-day period will be a time for her family to mourn her passing, and her body will be inside Buckingham Palace for this duration.
People will likely be crazy sad
The Queen’s death is expected to generate a major upwelling of sadness. As we witnessed with the passing of Princess Diana, many Brits have an extreme soft spot for their Royals. The grounds outside Buckingham will, then, likely be a sea of flowers.
The Vigil of the Princes will occur – which sounds kind of heartbreaking
It’s unclear whether this will be repeated, but when the Queen Mother passed there was a period, known as the Vigil of the Princes, where her grandsons stood guard. It’s uncertain whether William and Harry will do the same, but if they do, expect the image to bring a river of tears from the public.
There will be no “politics as usual”
Both the House of Lords and House of Commons will suspend all work until after the Queen has been laid to rest.
Prepare for your pounds to sport a new face
The government will immediately begin printing and minting new currency featuring the face of Prince Charles. His portrait has already been done, too, so they can commence the printing as soon as.
William could nab the crown instead
In theory, there is the possibility that Prince William could in fact be the successor, essentially slipping the crown away from Charles. However, it’s believed that the chances of this actually happening are slim to none.
The bobbies will get new hats
It’s a small change but a significant one. The British bobbies’ trademark helmets show an identifier of the Queen. After her passing, their headgear will therefore need to be updated.
Members of the Commonwealth may at last go their separate ways
It’s believed that various Commonwealth nations have stuck with the United Kingdom out of affection and loyalty to Elizabeth herself. Once she is out of the picture, then, some nations may decide to split. Australia, in particular, is expected to make a hasty exit.