Here’s What Has To Happen When The Queen Passes Away

On September 9th, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Previously, the longest-reigning British monarch was Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, which commemorates 65 years on the throne.

For many of us, Queen Elizabeth II is the only British monarch we’ve ever known. It’s painful to think about England without her, and yet, the royal palace has been preparing for her death for years. So, what will happen when the queen passes away? Keep reading to find out.

Her Body Must Be Brought To Buckingham Palace

GettyImages-495538417 Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament
Photo by Ray Collins – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Ray Collins – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The queen spends most of her time in England in Buckingham Palace, but if she happens to pass while abroad, her body will immediately be returned to the palace in England.

Buckingham Palace is her home and the people of England need to be able to grieve properly. There are procedures in place for getting the queen’s body to the palace should this occur. If she’s in Scotland when she passes away, however, there’s a different plan in place.