What Will Happen To Kate Middleton When She Becomes Queen?
With Queen Elizabeth's rule lasting almost 70 years, most of us are unfamiliar with what happens when the ruling head of Britain dies. Just as unfamiliar to us is the role of a Queen to her King. What does it mean in Kate Middleton's case when Prince William ascends to the throne?
It is hard to guess all that will happen when Charles (as King of England) passes away. We do have an idea though of some of the protocols by looking at Operation London Bridge, the codename for when Queen Elizabeth dies. Upon the death of the Sovereign, the private secretary will contact the British Prime Minster with the phrase "London Bridge is down". The news will then be conveyed to all the member countries of the British Commonwealth. Several news channels have long rehearsed what to do upon receiving word that the Queen is dead.
The new Sovereign will choose their regnal name and will begin a tour of the United Kingdom as their first act. Parliament will be recalled and Buckingham Palace will post a notice on its gates. It is expected in these modern times that the palace's website will also have a similar notice posted. The funeral will happen nine days after the death of the Sovereign. When the current Prince William becomes King, a moment many royal fans are looking forward to, Kate Middleton becomes Queen. Watch the video above to learn what is entailed when Kate assumes this new role.