The palace has a plan for exactly what will go down when their beloved monarch passes on.
Queen Elizabeth II has been around for most everybody’s entire lifetime.
At 92 years old, she is the longest-reigning British monarch, having taken the throne at the young age of 25 in 1952.
So understandably, it’s hard to imagine what will happen when she is no longer with us.
Although her father died at the young age of 56, her mother lived to the ripe old age of 101, so longevity is in her blood.
But death is undefeated, and – as is the English way – there are careful plans for Elizabeth’s passing to assure the situation is handled gracefully, respectfully, and full of the tradition, pomp, and ceremony the Queen deserves.
This plan, the Guardian reports, is called “London Bridge.”
In 1952, upon the death of her father, the young Elizabeth Alexandra May Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II.
Sixteen months of intricate preparations led to her coronation – an event of supreme pomp and ceremony that heralded the beginning of a new Elizabethan Age, as citizens across the world emerged from the shadows of war into an era of confidence and prosperity.
Now travel back to the pages of Reader’s Digest 1952, when we gave readers a glimpse of the ultimate royal party planners in full flight.