Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral: Operation Unicorn
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
Before the palace announced the Queen's death, the flag over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast
Here are a few things to know about Operation Unicorn
The name, Operation Unicorn, refers to the national animal of Scotland, the unicorn. It also forms a part of the Royal coat of arms
Buckingham Palace made a plan beforehand for the Queen's funeral codenamed London Bridge, had she died in London
According to an official memo, the code for conveying the message of Queen's death was 'London bridge is down'
However, after the monarch died in Scotland, special provisions were made and it was codenamed 'Operation Unicorn'
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
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
It will first be moved from Balmoral to her residence in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse to lie in rest for a while
A procession will take place up the Royal Mile to Saint Giles Cathedral for a reception service
Her body would then be taken to London on a royal train from Edinburgh's Waverley Station
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
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