The British government has extensive plans for the death of a monarch.
News of the Queen’s failing health, followed by the gathering of her immediate family, prompted mass speculation that the 96-year-old monarch was gravely ill. Later Thursday, the Royal Family confirmed that the monarch had died at the royal estate in Balmoral, Scotland.
Once the appropriate parties within various governments are notified, the public will be next:
- A royal staffer will post a notice outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.
- An alert will go out to global news services.
- The BBC will activate its “radio alert transmission system” or “Rats” alarm to alert its newsroom.
- Blue “Obit lights” will illuminate U.K. radio stations to notify them of the death of a monarch.