Operation Menai Bridge: Funeral plans for King Charles will commence after London Bridge's success

Former Royal Protection Officer Simon Morgan says, 'He is 73 years of age, it's got to be in the back of your mind, and from the police'

Operation Menai Bridge: Funeral plans for King Charles will commence after London Bridge's success
Former Royal Protection Officer Simon Morgan says Operation Menai Bridge, which are the funeral plans for King Charles, will now commence (Jonathan Brady, Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images, 9 News Australia/Youtube)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Following Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, September 19, Operation London Bridge has been successfully executed. Now, according to former Royal Protection Officer Simon Morgan, Operation Menai Bridge, the funeral plans for the new monarch, King Charles, will commence. Operation London Bridge laid down the protocols in place following the demise of the 96-year-old monarch.

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Speaking to 9 News Australia, Morgan said, "Unfortunately, as of tomorrow morning planning for Operation Menai Bridge will start in earnest." Although grim and foreboding, planning the funeral of the monarch was a logistical necessity. The security expert added that this would be the "next major event we're hopefully gonna be looking forward to," adding, "Even the King said in his acceptance that he will take this role for as long as life allows him to." 

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With Charles ascending to the throne at 73, there have been speculations about how long he will reign. With everyone always "planning for a funeral," the security expert said, "He is 73 years of age, it's got to be in the back of your mind, and from the police, we've got to start planning again for the future."  

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown is pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown is pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (Daniel Leal- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Next, speaking about Operation London Bridge, Morgan said, "At this stage, we haven't seen anything go wrong from a planners perspective," adding that the funeral plans were carried out successfully. "They will be looking at that tomorrow to see if anything did go wrong in the back scenes," he stated. Notably, the Queen's state funeral was the biggest security event undertaken by the British police in recent years. 

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Prior to the funeral, the Queen lay-in-state in Westminster Hall for four days so that the public could arrive to pay their respects to Britain's longest reigning monarch. People turned up in huge numbers, with crowds queuing the streets of the city the moment the Queen's body arrived at Buckingham Palace from Scotland. As per reports, over 10,000 police officers and 4,000 military personnel formed a ring of steel around the city as dignitaries from around the world joined the members of the royal family to pay their final respects to the queen. 

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