An extremely comprehensive، super-detailed plan is already in place for how the world will learn of the Queen’s passing، according to The Guardian. When the time does come، Sir Christopher Geidt، the Queen’s private secretary، will be the first official to convey the news. Geidt will call the prime minister and use the secret “The Queen is dead” code. In the past، palace officials used a code to make sure switchboard operators weren’t the first to find out. When King George VI (the last British monarch to pass) died in 1952، the code that palace workers used was “Hyde Park Corner.” Queen Elizabeth’s secret code is “London Bridge is down.” This statement will kick off Operation London Bridge، the plan to alert the world that Queen Elizabeth II has died. After the prime minister is alerted، the Foreign Office’s Global Response Center will inform the 15 governments where the Queen is still head of state، including Australia، Canada، the Bahamas and Belize. Then the 36 nations where she still serves as a figurehead will be informed. Next، the Press Association will send out a news alert to simultaneously notify the world’s media — a break from the past، when the BBC was always the first to know about royal deaths. Social media and modern technology have negated that system. But the BBC’s “radio alert transmission system،” also known as RATS، will be activated. This is a Cold War-era alarm that most BBC staff have only heard used in tests. British news outlets have had decades to prepare for coverage of the Queen’s passing، with the Guardian reporting that places like the Times UK have 11 days of coverage planned. Royal experts have already been contracted for exclusive appearances with organisations like Sky News and ITN — which reportedly have rehearsed their broadcasts، replacing the Queen’s name with “Mrs. Robinson.” Newscasters will all wear black and the coverage of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch will likely go on for months. Radio stations in the UK have blue “obit lights” that go off in such events. DJs have sombre playlists cued up for these occasions and will know to play inoffensive music before switching to news. A footman in mourning clothes will pin a notice to the Buckingham Palace gates، as the palace’s website is updated with the statement on a dark background. Prince Charles becomes King Charles، making Prince William the Prince of Wales and Catherine، Duchess of Cambridge، the Princess of Wales — Princess Diana’s former title. Great Britain will enter an official 12-day mourning period، with the Queen’s funeral taking place at the end of the two weeks.