“Operation London Bridge” served as the meticulously planned funeral arrangement for Queen Elizabeth II, encompassing the announcement of her demise, the official mourning period, and the specifics of her state funeral.
Conceived as early as the 1960s, the plan underwent numerous revisions in the years leading up to her passing in September 2022. The activation of the plan was signaled by the phrase “London Bridge is down,” conveying the Queen’s death to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and essential personnel.
Collaborating entities in the plan’s preparation included various government departments, the Church of England, Metropolitan Police Service, British Armed Forces, media, the Royal Parks, London boroughs, the Greater London Authority, and Transport for London.
The Queen herself made critical decisions related to the plan, while others were left for determination by her successor. Described by The Guardian as “planned to the minute” with “arcane and highly specific” details, the preparations were comprehensive.
As the series concludes, “The Crown” stands as one of Netflix’s most ambitious projects, distinguishing itself by focusing on the perspective of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Despite various portrayals by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton, the series collectively captures the entire history of her service. The final season explores Elizabeth’s legacy and the “Operation London Bridge” protocol, a plan developed for the event of a monarch’s death.