Wales will be last UK nation Charles visits when Queen dies, leaked documents reveal
Wales will be the last UK nation the new King Charles visits when the Queen dies, leaked documents have revealed.
The POLITICO news website has obtained a series of documents laying out the UK Government’s plan in granular detail for what will happen in the days after Elizabeth II passes away.
According to the plan, which has been codenamed Operation LONDON BRIDGE, King Charles will embark on a tour of the UK nations in the days leading up to the funeral.
Charles, who currently has the title of the Prince of Wales, will visit Wales after he has first spent time in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
On the day of the Queen’s death, which will be referred internally to as “D-Day” the UK Prime Minister will hold an audience with the new king.
After that King Charles will deliver a broadcast to the nation. There will be a service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of London at the same time.
The UK Prime Minister and a few senior ministers will attend, the service, which will be planned to appear “spontaneous,” according to official documents.
According to the plan, on the day of her death the Senedd will adjourn, as will the UK Parliament and the devolved legislatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland. If parliament is not sitting, it will be recalled.
On “D-Day+1” the day after the Queen’s death, the Accession Council, which includes senior government figures, will meet at St James’ Palace to proclaim King Charles the new sovereign.
On the morning of “D-Day+3” King Charles will receive the motion of condolence at Westminster Hall.
‘Begin his tour’
He will begin his tour of the United Kingdom on that afternoon, starting with a visit to the Scottish Parliament and a service at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
King Charles will arrive in Northern Ireland, where he’ll receive another motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle and attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
On “D-Day+5” a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster will take place along a ceremonial route through London. Following the coffin’s arrival there will be a service in Westminster Hall.
It is on “D-Day+7” that King Charles will travel to Wales to receive another motion of condolence at the Senedd. He will also attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.
The state funeral will be on “D-Day+10” and will be held at Westminster Abbey.
There will be a two minutes’ silence across the UK at midday. Processions will take place in London and Windsor.
It has been agreed between the UK Prime Minister and the Queen that the day of the state funeral will be a “Day of National Mourning.”
This has also led to planning issues because the day will effectively be a bank holiday, but it will not be named as such.
An extra bank holiday will not be granted if the funeral falls on the weekend or an existing bank holiday.
The UK Government does not plan to order employers to give employees the day off if the funeral falls on a weekday. It will be a matter between employees and their staff according to the documents.