LONDON — The death of Queen Elizabeth II sets in motion a meticulously choreographed and coordinated procedure for which the palace, the government, the news media, the local authorities and the queen herself had long planned.
Amid the public mourning comes a transition of power and national memorializing, known as Operation London Bridge. Much has been planned down to the minute, and some things have already fallen into place.
By the time the world knew about the queen’s death, her son Charles had already become king. Under British common law, the moment of the sovereign’s death marks the moment the heir becomes the monarch.