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By Neha Yadav
Published Sep 09, 2022

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Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral: Operation Unicorn

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Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96 in Scotland

The UK authorities chalked out Operation Unicorn for the queen's funeral in Scotland

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Before the palace announced the Queen's death, the flag over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast

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Here are a few things to know about Operation Unicorn

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The name, Operation Unicorn, refers to the national animal of Scotland, the unicorn. It also forms a part of the Royal coat of arms

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Buckingham Palace made a plan beforehand for the Queen's funeral codenamed London Bridge, had she died in London

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According to an official memo, the code for conveying the message of Queen's death was 'London bridge is down'

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However, after the monarch died in Scotland, special provisions were made and it was codenamed 'Operation Unicorn' 

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 September 8, 2022, will be referred to as the D-day leading up to the Queen's funeral referred to as D1, D2 till the tenth day of her death

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As per the Operation Unicorn, Queen Elizabeth II's body will be brought from Scotland to Buckingham Palace in London within the first week of death

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It will first be moved from Balmoral to her residence in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse to lie in rest for a while

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A procession will take place up the Royal Mile to Saint Giles Cathedral for a reception service

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Her body would then be taken to London on a royal train from Edinburgh's Waverley Station 

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The coffin of the royal queen will be received in the capital by the newly appointed Prime Minister of the UK, Liz Truss and will be taken to Buckingham palace

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The funeral will take place on the tenth day at Westminster Abbey and the queen will be buried in the castle's King George VI Memorial Chapel

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