Inside Australia’s secret plan of action for when the Queen dies – and the poignant Palace code words that will signal the end of an epic era
- Secret plans for the Queens’s funeral and mourning process have been revealed
- They include a potential national holiday for Australia after the mourning period
- Sixteen Australians will attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey
Australia’s secret plans which will trigger on the day the Queen dies include a new national holiday after a solemn period of mourning.
And it will start a 10-day process beginning with naming a new King and ending in her funeral.
The Australian Prime Minister will be told news of the Queen’s passing an hour before the rest of the world is informed via an official announcement.
The secret plans that will be triggered on the sad day that Queen dies have been revealed and what they mean for Australia – including a new national holiday
On the day the Queen dies, Prince Charles will become Charles III, proclaimed at St James’s Palace and in Australia by the governor-general
It is understood the prime minister’s staff now always carry a ceremonial black tie for Anthony Albanese to wear immediately after he is told the news.
He’s also likely wear it in making a statement to the Australian people from Canberra.
The plans are understood to have been revised since 2017 and were passed to Mr Albanese as the incoming Australian prime minister, The Weekend Australian reported.
On the day the Queen dies, Prince Charles will become Charles III, proclaimed at St James’s Palace and in Australia by the monarch’s representative here, the governor-general, at Parliament House.
Charles’ new full title will be the elaborate ‘Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Australia and His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth’.
Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will assume the title of queen consort, as confirmed by the Queen in February this year.
‘When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,’ she said.
If the Queen dies before 2025, the official mourners are likely to include Mr Albanese and his girlfriend, Jodie Haydon
Charles’ new full title will be the elaborate ‘Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Australia and His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth’. Camilla Parker Bowles will become queen consort
‘It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own loyal service.’
She will not have any authority or title in Australia other than social and diplomatic, but she will be known to the world as Queen Camilla.
A framed notice will be placed on the fence of Buckingham Palace informing the public of the Queen Elizabeth’s death.
The palace floodlights be be extinguished in a poignant but traditional piece of symbolism.
Of most interest to Australians will be the news that a national public holiday could come out of the Queen’s passing.
But fittingly that will have to wait, at least 11 days.
Her funeral will take place 10 days after her death, with a procession to Westminster Abbey at 11am, a committal at 3.55pm at Windsor Castle and a private burial at the castle at 7pm.
There will be four official Australian mourners – probably the Prime Minister, his partner, the governor-general and his wife.
Current governor-general David Hurley would likely be an official mourner at the Queen’s funeral if it happens before 2024
If the Queen dies before 2024, the official mourners are likely to be Mr Albanese, his girlfriend Jodie Haydon, current Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley.
Mr Albanese would likely have a ceremonial role for the service in the United Kingdom as well as at home in Australia.
A further 10 to 12 notable Australians will be invited to attend the Queen’s funeral.
They are expected to be Indigenous Australians, representatives from charitable, religious, sporting and community fields and organisations.
The plans include two RAAF planes collecting Pacific leaders and flying them to London for the Queen’s funeral.
An Australian service will be held at a yet-to-be confirmed Anglican cathedral after the state funeral.
The day that happens is likely to be named a national holiday. Flags will be flown at half-mast in the UK and Australia for 10 days.
The Queen celebrated her platinum jubilee this month, but has grown increasingly frail since turning 96 this year, missing several key engagements and sparking concerns for her health.