British ministers rehearse Queen of England’s death for first time in secret exercise

British ministers rehearse Queen of England’s death for first time in secret exercise

- British cabinet ministers reportedly joined Whitehall chiefs to rehearse for Queen’s death

- The rehearsal focused on 'D+1', the events to hold the day after the monarch's death

- It came in the week that the Queen pulled out of a service at St Paul's Cathedral due to ill-health

Cabinet ministers in England, United Kingdom, have reportedly rehearsed for the Queen of England's death for the first time with a secret exercise to prepare for 10 days of national mourning.

The run-through, known as Castle Dove, saw Cabinet ministers and Whitehall officials discuss 'D+1', the day after the monarch's death, DailyMail reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that the plan, which is reported to be called London Bridge, came in the week that the 92-year-old Queen pulled out of a service at St Paul's Cathedral because she was feeling ill.

British ministers rehearse Queen of England’s death for first time in secret exercise

Ministers have rehearsed for the Queen's death for the first time with a secret exercise to prepare for 10 days of national mourning. Credit: Twitter

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However, it was clarified that the rehearsal was not in response to any specific fears about her health.

It was allegedly the first time politicians had joined civil servants in the same room to discuss the plans, which would involve the prime minister speaking to the country.

According to The Sunday Times, the rehearsal was of an 'unprecedented' scale.

“This is the first time different ministers have come together in one room. Previously it has only been officials,” the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that due to an ailment, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, did not attend a royal function scheduled for Thursday, June 28.

She was represented at the event by the Duke of Kent.

Confirming the development, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning's service at St Paul's Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George."

The royal reporter Rebecca English, said: "There's no cause for concern. The Queen isn't being attended to by a doctor, and she'll still head to Windsor later today."

In 2016, the year the queen turned 90, she reportedly ended her overseas travels, leaving long-distance destinations to the younger members of her family.

However, she still has a busy diary of events, and in 2017 carried out 296 engagements.

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In the event of the monarch’s death, series of events as reported by the Guardian would follow: the entire Privy Council will assemble to proclaim the new monarch; a footman at Buckingham Palace will reportedly pin a notice to the gates while a notice is issued to the world's media and news agencies.

TV and radio stations are also said to have prepared for the news with a ready-to-use playlist of sad and inoffensive music.

Prince Charles will make an early visit to Scotland and Wales in the days and weeks after he becomes King, the newspaper claimed.

The Queen’s body will meanwhile ‘lie in state’, remaining in Westminster Hall to allow members of the public to file in and pay their respects.

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