A national holiday is expected to be part of Australia’s commemoration of the Queen’s reign – as a secret plan for the days after her death is issued.
Buckingham Palace codewords – ‘London Bridge is down’ – in the wake of Her Majesty’s death, aged 96, in the early hours of Friday morning embarked on a 10-day process of mourning, commencing with the appointment of Charles III as king.
A series of protocols will now be issued in Canberra as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reportedly received news of the Queen’s death an hour before an official statement was released.
Under the closely guarded secret plans to observe the monarch’s death, the Australian Prime Minister’s staff carries with them a ceremonial black tie that he had to wear immediately after hearing the news.
The Queen waits in the drawing room before receiving the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, in Balmoral, Scotland, on Tuesday. Thursday she was under the supervision of doctors out of concerns for her health
The secret plans that will lead to a series of protocols in Australia – including a new national holiday (pictured, Queen Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 2)
Prince Charles becomes Charles III, proclaimed at St James’s Palace and in Australia by the Governor General
The memorial plans have reportedly been revised since 2017 and passed on to Mr Albanian as the new Prime Minister, The weekend Australian reported.
The plans include an Australian memorial service to be held at a yet-to-be-confirmed Anglican cathedral after a state funeral in Britain.
That day will likely be called a national holiday in Australia.
Prince Charles officially becomes Charles III in a Britain proclamation at St James’s Palace.
In Australia, the same proclamation will be made in Parliament House by the monarch’s representative here, the Governor General.
Charles’ new full title will be the expanded “Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Australia and His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.”
Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will take the title of queen consort, as confirmed by the queen earlier this year.
Australia’s official mourners are likely to be Mr Albanian and his girlfriend, Jodie Haydon
Charles’ new full title will be the expanded “Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Australia and His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.” Camilla Parker Bowles Becomes Queen Consort
“When my son Charles becomes king in time, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” she said.
“It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own faithful service.”
She will have no authority or title in Australia other than social and diplomatic, but she will be known in the world as Queen Camilla.
A framed message has been placed on the gate of Buckingham Palace informing the public of Queen Elizabeth’s death.
The floodlights of the palace are dimmed in a poignant yet traditional feat of symbolism.
Of utmost importance to Australians will be the news that a national holiday is likely to come after the Queen’s death.
But fittingly, news of the holiday will have to wait at least 11 days for the Queen to say goodbye.
Her funeral will take place ten days after her death, with a procession to Westminster Abbey at 11am, an engagement at Windsor Castle at 3:55pm and a private funeral at the castle at 7pm.
There will be four official Australian mourners: the Prime Minister, his partner, Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley.
Current Governor General David Hurley will be an official mourner at the Queen’s funeral
They will be flown in two RAAF planes that will also bring Pacific leaders to London for the Queen’s funeral.
Mr Albanese will perform a ceremonial role for service in the UK and at home in Australia.
Another ten to twelve notable Australians will be invited to attend the Queen’s funeral.
They are expected to include Indigenous Australians, representatives of charitable, religious, sports and community organisations.
Flags will fly at half mast in the UK and Australia for ten days and bells will be rung in churches across Australia.
Operation London Bridge: 10 days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth:
Day 1: The Ascension Council will meet at 10 a.m. at St. James’s Palace and proclaim Charles King. He will meet the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Day 2: The Queen’s coffin is taken to Buckingham Palace, where the Prime Minister and ministers gather for a special reception.
Day 3: Charles, the new king, embarks on a 10-day tour of the UK with the first stop being the Scottish Parliament.
Day 4: Charles and his entourage will then move to Northern Ireland, while a rehearsal will be held in London for moving the Queen’s coffin in a grand procession past city landmarks.
Day 5: The coffin is moved with Charles to the Palace of Westminster to lead the mourners in London. The queen’s chest will lie on a purple draped raised box called a ‘catafalque’.
Days 6-9: The Queen is in state and Westminster Hall is open to the public 23 hours a day to pay their respects.
Day 10: The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, with the country observing a two-minute silence at 12 noon. A commitment service will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The funeral will be held in the castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel with large processions to attract large crowds in London and Windsor.