Prince Philip didn't want a big funeral, but things will look very different when Queen Elizabeth II dies
Queen Elizabeth the second. WPA Pool / Getty Images
At 94 years of age, the queen is the longest reigning monarch.
Britain will come to a standstill on the day the Queen dies.
This is what the hours, days and months after the Queen's death look like.
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People around the world mourn Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.
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The death of the Duke of Edinburgh makes others wonder: what happens if the queen dies?
Queen Elizabeth, 94, is the longest-ruling monarch, and the palace spent decades preparing for her death.
When the day comes, it will be an event the likes of which Britain has not seen in the 21st century. However, it could look drastically different if the queen died during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Here's a look at what will happen in the hours, days, and months after her death in a traditional year.
When the Queen dies, the code name 'London Bridge' will be used
British Queen Elizabeth II on October 15th 2020 near Salisbury, England. WPA Pool / Getty Images
Whether the Queen's death is expected or unexpected will drastically change what will happen that day. In either case, Buckingham Palace will code the message on to staff and government officials.
"London Bridge is down" is the secret code name Buckingham Palace will use to inform the UK Prime Minister and other government officials, Insider previously reported.
Palace staff will be notified through the royal court staff helpline and most staff will be sent home.
The rest of the world will find out through social media and news outlets
Similar to Prince Philip's death, the BBC will suspend its programs to announce the Queen's death. According to The Guardian, BBC networks are actively practicing for her death.
Other large networks and news agencies are also prepared for the day. Obituaries are pre-written and coverage is scheduled.
The news will spread quickly via social media on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Britain will come to a standstill
As Insider's Rob Price previously reported, the UK will come to a standstill, which is expected to take around 12 days.
Stock markets and banks could close, leaving billions in lost profits.
Smaller things are also stopped.
When King George VI. He died in 1952 and the BBC temporarily stopped broadcasting comedy television programs. According to the Daily Mail, the BBC plans to do the same if Queen Elizabeth II dies.
The public will immediately begin to grieve
A dog smells the flowers in the floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace on April 9, 2021 in London. John Phillips / Getty Images
Previous royal deaths, such as the death of Princess Diana, brought waves of public grief.
For the beloved queen, some experts hinted at the mass hysteria after the news was announced. Buckingham Palace and other royal venues and residences are likely to see an influx of visitors and millions - if not billions - bouquets of flowers will be left in these places.
The royal family will also mourn
Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch Royal Air Force planes fly by in London on June 8, 2019. Neil Mockford / Getty Images
As revealed by Prince Philip's death, the royal family is likely to issue statements and pay tribute to the queen.
Flags fly at half mast
The Union Flag flies at half mast at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021, following the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Following the announcement of Prince Philip's death, Buckingham Palace quickly changed its Union Jack flag to fly at half mast.
The same is expected when the queen dies. Flags will be flown at half mast until 8 a.m. the day after the funeral, as directed by the Greater London Lieutenancy.
One day after the Queen's death, Prince Charles succeeds him
Prince Harry, left, Prince Charles, center, Prince William, right. WPA pool / pool
The heir to the throne is determined by the birth order, which means that Prince Charles will be the Queen's successor since he is her eldest son.
Although he will automatically become King when the Queen dies, an official Accession Council is held at St. James's Palace to officially replace Prince Charles.
This will take place the day after the Queen's death, according to British Heritage.
Prince Charles may abdicate and hand over the throne to his eldest son, Prince William, but as Insider previously reported, this is highly unlikely.
The queen's body will be in the state for four days
If the queen doesn't die during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - or any other pandemic - her coffin will be ready to stay in the state for four days. This is where the public can pay their respects.
The coffin is placed in Westminster Hall and the mourners can pay their respects 23 hours a day.
When the Queen's father died, 305,000 people came to Westminster Hall and waited in a four-mile line. Officials estimate there will be a million people waiting in line to see Queen Elizabeth II.
On the third day there is a "princes vigil"
Prince Charles stands on April 8, 2002 in Westminster Hall at the coffin of his grandmother, the Queen Mother, in the vigil. Pool Photo / Getty Images
After the Queen has been in the state for three days, her grieving grandchildren will relieve the official guards. They are called the "Princes' Vigil" and will keep watch over the coffin for a short time.
A funeral takes place about 10 days after her death
The mourners wait in line to meet King George VI. 1952 to pay their respects. Associated Press
The queen's funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey 10 to 12 days after her death, Insider previously reported.
World leaders will arrive in the UK to attend the event and the country will be given a national day of mourning.
At 9 a.m., Big Ben's bell rings once, then the bell's hammer is covered with a leather pad to muffle the tones for the rest of the day.
Some have predicted that the queen's corgis will take part in the procession. When Edward VII died in 1910, his fox terrier Caesar led the mourners. His son's funeral procession was followed by his white pony named Jock.
Billions of people will watch the procession from their homes.
The queen is then buried - although it is not known where
The Queen may have already decided where she will be buried, but the information has not been disclosed to the public.
However, it is likely that she will be buried at Sandringham or Balmoral, Scotland, although this has not been officially confirmed.
She can also be buried with her father at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.
Britain's national anthem, money and other things will change in the weeks and months to come
This photo illustration shows 1 pound coins with the new 10 pound note on October 13, 2017 in Bath, England. Matt Cardy / Getty Images
It will take a few years, but over time, the British currency will be replaced with an image of the new monarch.
The current hymn contains the text "God Save The Queen", which is replaced by "God Save The King".
Eventually there will be a coronation
After a certain reasonable period of mourning - up to a year or so - there will be a coronation.
This coronation will be the ceremonial affair in which Prince Charles receives his crown.
The funeral of the queen becomes a national holiday
Queen Elizabeth the second. AP
Funeral day turns into an official holiday and likely a day few will forget.
Caroline Praderio contributed to an earlier version of this story.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Charles, Prince of Wales
Eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II (born 1948)
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