'London Bridge is down: secret code word to announce the passing of Queen Elizabeth leaked
Mar 17, London:Plans on how to manage the immediate aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II have been revealed, according to the Guardian, the code words used to announce the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will be “London Bridge is down.”
The report stated that Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary and a former diplomat who was knighted a second time in 2014, will be the first official to deliver the news of her death.The prime minister will be awoken, if they are not already up, by civil servants who will say “London Bridge is down,” a codeword aimed at keeping switchboards at Buckingham Palace from learning the news.
The Foreign Office Global Response Centre, will deliver the news to 15 governments outside the UK where the Queen is head of state, as well as the 35 Commonwealth states where the monarch has been a symbolic leader since 1945, the newspaper reports.
While the BBC will be the first to break the news of royal deaths since the 1930s, the news will on this occasion be delivered as a newsflash to the Press Association, and the global media thereafter.
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