Royal Family's secret name for Prince Charles's funeral plans:

PRINCE CHARLES is first-in-line to the British throne and as heir apparent, there is special protocol in place in case of his death. This is the secret codename the Royal Family use to refer to Prince Charles's funeral plans.

PUBLISHED: 11:00, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 11:01, Thu, Jan 7, 2021

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Prince Charles, 72, is the oldest heir apparent in British history and is expected to take the crown when Queen Elizabeth II, 94, can no longer serve. As the future head of the Royal Family, Charles is key to the monarchy's survival and, as with all senior royals, there is a plan in place in case of his death. Operation London Bridge is the codename used for the plan to be enacted in the days following the Queen's death and her son Prince Charles has a similar set-up.

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What is the secret code name for Prince Charles's funeral plans?

Operation Menai Bridge is the code name used to refer to the funeral plan for Prince Charles.

The Menai Suspension Bridge is a Welsh bridge connecting the island of Anglesey with the Welsh mainland and refers to Charles's role as the Prince of Wales.

While the precise details of Operation Menai Bridge are a closely guarded secret, Charles is likely to have a state funeral as will his mother, the Queen.

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What will happen when the Queen dies?

What will happen following the Queen's death has been planned for since the 1960s under the name Operation London Bridge.

The plan is regularly updated and involves government departments, the Church of England, Metropolitan Police Service, the British Armed Forces, the media, the Royal Parks, London boroughs, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

As heir apparent, Prince Charles has some say in how the plan will be enacted when the time comes.

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