The Death Of Queen Elizabeth II, Operation Unicorn & How The World Of Twitter Has Reacted.
Queen Elizabeth II, was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, Her Majesty passed away on Thursday, aged 96.
Buckingham Palace released the prepared statement that the queen had died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by her loved ones, Thursday saw Prince Harry return to his families side whilst doctors had placed Queen Elizabeth under ‘medical supervision’ earlier that day.
Operation London Bridge was the primary plan for the Queen’s death, which will now run in parallel with Operation Unicorn as Her Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Parliament will be immediately suspended to prepare for her state funeral whilst following the guidelines of the operation.
It sets out in detail what will happen in the 10 days between the Queen’s death and her state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.
>> What is Operation Unicorn? <<
Why is the unicorn Scotland’s national animal? In Celtic mythology the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power. Tales of dominance and chivalry associated with the unicorn may be why it was chosen as Scotland’s national animal.
As Queen Elizabeth II passed away, and the Elizabethan era is taken with her, Charles, her son became Britain’s new monarch, to be now known as King Charles III.
Queen Elizabeth’s long years as sovereign were a time of enormous upheaval, in which she sought to project and protect the royal family and it’s principles, but not without scandal or scrutiny.
Queen Elizabeth II visited more than 100 countries across six continents during her reign. She was admired by the people, politicians and religious leaders from all corners of the world, it’s no surprise that tributes poured in from across the globe as news of Her Majesty’s death spread and the world started to mourn.
On Thursday hundreds of people had already gathered in central London in anticipation of the tragic news. As Londoners alike waited for the updates of the Queens health, chants of ‘God Save The Queen’ could be heard all over the royal palace. A rainbow had appeared right before the announcement happened, and another came up soon after the late Queen’s passing when the flag was lowered at her Windsor Castle residence outside London. News broke publicly around 6:30pm that Queen Elizabeth II had died and London seemed to have stopped in its tracks to mark the passing of its longest serving monarch.
People had continued to arrive at Buckingham Palace all through the night to pay their respects despite the rain.
Many world leaders and influential individuals across the globe spoke with a heavy heart and respect for Her Majesties contributions and services, but there were also reactions that have sparked controversy from those who recognised the constitutional violence, racism, and exploitation in colonialism and do not consider themselves to be royalists, fans of the monarchy or mournful.
Long live the Queen? Not on Twitter’s watch.
It’s said that one should show respect for the dead. But some would argue it depends on who died and what they did in life. Not even 24- hours since the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death broke out, Twitter erupted into chaos:
Following Princess Diana’s death in 1997, many of the British public felt immense upset and grief. Given the Queen’s stature and how intrinsically she was woven into the fabric of modern Britain, there is likely to be even greater public mourning for her death.
Social functions such as the Hackney Carnival have been canceled, and the Union Flag will be flown at half-staff until after the funeral. Officials will enter a period of mourning and dress appropriately. Condolence books have been opened at Town Hall’s across all of London’s Boroughs for visitors to leave messages.
The Queen’s state funeral will be held on Monday 19 September. It is expected that certain aspects of daily life will be put on hold for the date of the state funeral, with some businesses and organisations choosing to close or halt their operations.
The Royal Mail has announced that its postal services will be suspended on the day, and some shops like Harrods have already said they plan to close. The upcoming bank holiday is one of several ways in which life in the UK is temporarily being put on hold following the Queen’s death.
A period of national mourning is now in place and will last until the day of the state funeral, the government has announced.
Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth II
Stay safe and take care,
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