If you missed the Guardian’s article on the plans that are in place for the eventual death of Queen Elizabeth II, do yourself a favor and read it now. It is long, but full of interesting history, as well as the tiniest details of what after “… civil servants … say ‘London Bridge is down’ on secure lines.” For instance, the funeral will take place nine days after the queen’s death: “At 9 a.m., Big Ben will strike. The bell’s hammer will then be covered with a leather pad seven-sixteenths of an inch thick, and it will ring out in muffled tones.”
The Guardian noted that one thing that has not been written into the official plans, but might as well be, is “People who are not expecting to cry will cry.” I have no doubt of that.
After I read the story, I couldn’t help myself. I had to listen to the “Queen Is Dead” by the Smiths.
The queen will turn 91 on April 26. Unlike the Smiths’ Morrissey, who hates the British royal family in real life, not just in his lyrics, I wish her many more years!