Will Camilla become Queen as soon as Queen Elizabeth II has died?
Prince Charles will become king the moment the Queen passes away. This is the royal convention, ensuring there is always a monarch in the United Kingdom.
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However, it is not clear if this automatically affects his wife’s title.
In fact, Camilla is not entitled to become Queen, even if her husband is.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will become the Queen Consort on Charles’s accession.
This is not technically the moment the Queen dies.
Accession is when the new monarch takes the throne and is a specific event.
The Royal website states: “A new Sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies and is proclaimed as soon as possible at an Accession Council in St James’s Palace.
“All members of the Privy Council are summoned. The Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London and High Commissioners of Realm Commonwealth countries are invited to attend.
“Following the proclamation, the Sovereign reads a declaration and takes the oath to preserve the Church of Scotland.
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“The oath known as the accession declaration – an oath to maintain the established Protestant succession – is normally made at the next State Opening of Parliament.”
A number of rumours have been swirling on Twitter about the Queen’s death, sparked by a screenshot of a mysterious text message.
The screenshot of a WhatsApp group shows a message from a person named Gibbo.
Gibbo is posting in a group called old times, which involves members named Burnsy, Cheeks, Josh and Morty, among others. It also appears to have rude group image.
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Gibbo’s message reads: “Queens passed away this morning, heart attack, being announced 930 Am tomorrow.”
He then goes on to list a number of items he believes members of the group will need.
The message has been met with mockery on the social media platform.
However, some were desperate to know if it was true, and asked whether the flag was being lowered on Buckingham Palace, a traditional practice when the monarch has died.
How else with the public know if the Queen has died?
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According to Elle, a footman in mourning clothes will step outside of Buckingham Palace and pin a black-edged notice to the gates.
The palace’s own website will also change colour, according to The Guardian.
The palace website will be changed into a single page with the exact same text displayed as on the palace gates.
A radio alert transmission, which is known as “Rats”, will also be activated which is a wartime alarm.
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 70, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 37, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, five, Charlotte, three, and Louis, almost one, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 34. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May.
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