The Top-Secret Plan For How Things Will Unfold Right After Queen Elizabeth II Dies

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Image: Colin McPherson/Sygma via Getty Images
Image: Colin McPherson/Sygma via Getty Images

Elizabeth celebrated her 92nd birthday in 2018, so her death cannot be too far away. But her mother, also named Elizabeth, lived to see her 101st birthday before she died in 2002, so Her Majesty may be with us for some years yet. And the Queen Mother’s funeral was the last significant royal funeral in Britain.

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Image: John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

Before that, we had the death and funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. That saw an extraordinary outpouring of raw emotion and grief from the majority of British people. Her death of course came at the age of just 36. And the car crash in that Paris underpass was a particularly tragic and shockingly unexpected ending to her life.

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Image: George Dawe
Image: George Dawe

Both of those funerals exhibited just the kind of pomp and circumstance you’d expect from a U.K. royal event – both royal weddings and funerals are unmatched specialties of the British. But things were not always so decorous. For example, it’s said that the undertakers at the 1817 funeral of Princess Charlotte were the worse for liquor. The chances of that happening at Elizabeth’s funeral are zero.

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