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Fury after secret plan for Queen’s death leaked: Investigations are underway into how ‘full’ details of Operation London Bridge were published online amid Buckingham Palace’s ‘deep frustration’ over leak

  • Investigation underway into how details of what will happen in the ten days after the Queen’s death were published
  • Reportedly ‘huge frustration’ at Buckingham Palace over confidentiality breach
  • Details come in light of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April
  • Plans have long been in place and updated, but always treated with discretion










A leak investigation was underway last night to establish how ‘complete’ details of what will happen in the ten days after the Queen’s death have been published on a news website.

It was said there was ‘deep frustration’ at Buckingham Palace over what was widely perceived as a hugely indiscreet and tactless breach of confidentiality in Whitehall, especially so soon after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

The official plans for the Queen’s death and burial have been around for a long time and are regularly updated and rehearsed, but they have largely been treated with respect.

Politico’s website claimed to have obtained the ‘full scope’ of Operation London Bridge. The report added: “The Queen, who is 95 years old, is in good health in all respects and there is no suggestion that these plans have been revised with any urgency.”

A leak investigation was underway last night to establish how ‘complete’ details of what will happen in the ten days after the Queen’s death have been published on a news website.

Royal officials declined to discuss the leak, making it clear it was a government matter. But a source with knowledge of the situation said: ‘It is deeply disturbing that confidential documents of this nature have been leaked in their entirety. The [royal] the household is supposed to be deeply unhappy with what has happened.’

Officials tried last night to find out exactly which version of the plan was leaked.

The fuller version with much more sensitive detail is less widely distributed, and if it were found to be in the public domain, the Cabinet Office is likely to launch a formal investigation. The security around the documents can be reviewed.

Royal author Angela Levin said: ‘I think it is appalling and cruel to release the top secret plans about the death of the Queen. Where are our morals?’ An earlier version of Operation London Bridge was revealed in 2017 by The Guardian.

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It was said there was ‘deep frustration’ at Buckingham Palace over what was widely perceived as a hugely indiscreet and tactless breach of confidentiality in Whitehall, especially so shortly after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

The recently leaked documents include updated plans for a 10-day period of mourning between the monarch’s death — on what will be called D-Day — and a planned state funeral, Politico reported.

The Prime Minister, Cabinet and Government will be informed before a public announcement is made via the Press Association news agency. Flags in Whitehall will be flown at half-mast – the aim is to do so within ten minutes of the announcement.

The royal family’s website will have a black holding page and the government’s social media pages will have a black banner. The Prime Minister will hold an audience with the new King and Charles will broadcast to the nation at 6 p.m. Before the funeral at Westminster Abbey, Charles will tour the four British lands in line with Operation Spring Tide, the plan for his entry.

The Department for Transport had expressed concern about pressure on London’s infrastructure as crowds arrive to pay their respects, the documents show.

The official plans for the Queen's death and burial have been around for a long time and are regularly updated and rehearsed, but they have largely been treated with respect.

Official plans for the Queen’s death and burial have been in place for a long time and are regularly updated and rehearsed, but they have largely been treated with respectful discretion

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