The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a special gathering of many workers who planned and executed the national events marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
On Thursday, they met operational staff, including those who organized the memorials at Windsor Castle as well as security and surveillance specialists.
Plans for Queen Elizabeth II’s death have been regularly updated since the 1960s, with successive generations of staff preparing for any eventuality in what has come to be known as ‘Operation London Bridge’.
It was the code name for the arrangements that would be immediately deployed upon the Queen’s death. The plans took into account where the queen was located when she died, including all of her main residences. She no longer undertakes trips abroad.
When told that a member of staff had been working on the plans for over a decade, Kate was moved to reply: “Oh really? The reality must be very different in a way. It’s time specific n ‘is this not. “
Prince William then asked if the Queen’s death at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands had caused any difficulties for organizers.
“Did the Balmoral element make it difficult for you?” he said, adding that “someone told me it was the least planned plan of all”.
For members of the royal family, the queen’s death in Scotland made it difficult for them to quickly join her bedside.
William, alongside other senior members of the royal family, including Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as well as Prince Andrew, arrived in Aberdeen from London by plane in the afternoon.
It was reported that by the time the family group reached the castle, the monarch had died, with her children King Charles and Princess Anne by her side.
After discussing some of the arrangements, William and Kate then met with a number of members of the Windsor watch team where the Princess commented that Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis , 4, had been aware of a number of the arrangements put in place before the Queen was buried at the castle.
“It’s the children who have bulging eyes!” she explained.
“They said ‘I think I just saw a drone’…and ‘why are there so many parking lots popping up.'”
The Wales family, it is reported, recently moved into Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Estate, where the children have recently started attending nearby Lambrook School.
“It was smooth,” William told a group of volunteers and organizers earlier in the day, “you could feel it. We obviously did a lot of back and forth after the long walk and it was busy .”
It is estimated that more than 100,000 people visited Windsor after the Queen’s death. Large numbers lined the castle’s long promenade to watch the funeral procession make its way to St. George’s Chapel where she is now buried.
After a burial service attended by members of the Royal Family and distinguished guests following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, the monarch’s coffin was placed in the vault of the King George Memorial Chapel VI alongside her parents and late husband Prince Philip. in April last year.
The Chapel is a small space built to the side of St. George’s Chapel, where monarchs have been buried for generations. King Henry VIII is buried elsewhere in the chapel, as are King George III and Elizabeth II’s grandfather, King George V.
A black marble headstone containing the names of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip has been installed in the Memorial Chapel, which will be open to the public when the castle reopens of Windsor on September 29. .
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