Yes, you’ve heard it rightly: If “London Bridge Is Down”, All Hell Breaks Loose In The U.K And Around The World.
According to the Guardian, the code words used to announce the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will be “London Bridge is down.”
Extensive plans for managing the immediate aftermath of the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch have been revealed.The death of Queen, who has reigned for more than 63 years, will be reported to the public much faster than it took to announce the death of George VI. The King was found dead at 7:30am on February 6, 1952, but the BBC did not announce his passing until 11:15am.
The news of the Queen’s death will dominate the headlines for days and months, with news organisations already stacking up stories to run in the aftermath.
The Times, for example, has already racked up stories for 11 days worth of coverage. Broadcasters ITN and Sky News have reportedly been rehearsing the announcement of the Queen’s death, referring to her with the pseudonym ‘Mrs Robinson,’ and signed contracts with royal experts to speak exclusively on their channels.
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