When a member of the Royal Family dies there are strict plans in place for what happens next.
These plans have different code names depending on which member of the Royal Family dies.
Prince Philip, 99, is due to mark his 100th birthday on June 10 this year, and is the oldest member of the British Royal Family.
While the Duke of Edinburgh hopefully has many more happy years ahead of him, there is a plan for him in the event of his death.
The secret code name for this plan is called Operation Forth Bridge. The name refers to a suspension bridge linking Edinburgh to Perth.
According to Reader’s Digest, the Lord Chamberlain will consult with the Prime Minister, and then seek the Queen’s specific wishes regarding the death announcement.
The rest of the world won’t find out the news until Buckingham Palace officially announces it to the media, probably within hours.
If the death occurs overnight, it is expected the death announcement will come at 8am.
The UK will then enter a period of national mourning, where flags will be lowered to half-mast.
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During this time the Queen will most likely not conduct any affairs of state.
As he is the Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh is entitled to a full state funeral.
But it is understood Prince Philip doesn’t want “all the fuss”, of his body lying in state in Westminster Abbey, and a burial in St George’s Chapel.
Instead, it is understood he would prefer a private service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the style of a military funeral, followed by burial at Frogmore Gardens.
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Philip, who has had many health scares in recent times, has been closely involved in the arrangements for his funeral.
They are being co-ordinated by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace.
Based on Prince Philip’s wishes, it is believed only family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries will attend the funeral, according to the Independent.
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