Subtle Change on Live News Signals Operation London Bridge Is Underway in the UK


It appears England’s “Operation London Bridge” may soon be in effect as the world prepares itself for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Thursday, a palace announcement revealed the health of the 96-year-old monarch had taken a turn for the worse. “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, according to ABC. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

A subtle change made by various news anchors early on Thursday suggests that the operation may already be underway.

That change is simply that many appear to be wearing black.

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“I don’t want to concern anyone, but slowly people on the BBC appear to be changing into black clothes,” Nadine Batchelor-Hunt of Yahoo News U.K. wrote.

“A sign outside of Buckingham Palace reads ‘No Guard Changing Ceremony Today’ (Getty Photo) – BBC is in rolling coverage and anchor is wearing a black tie,” former CNN editor David Clinch tweeted.

“The Royal Family has cancelled events and are all going to Balmoral. The BBC website has changed to black. BBC on-air presenters have changed into black attire. BBC One has cancelled regular programming until 6pm. This sounds like we are in Operation London Bridge,” journalist Chad Ryan wrote.

According to leaked documents obtained by Politico in 2021, “Operation London Bridge” is the primary plan for the Queen’s eventual death.

The documents detail an “extraordinary level of action” required by every single arm of the British government.

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This is needed, according to Politico, to combat the unprecedented size of crowds and chaotic nature of travel within the country that is expected to ensue.

Internally, members of the government will refer to the day of the Queen’s death as “D-Day.”

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In the immediate aftermath of the death, the royal family’s website will change to a black holding page with a short statement confirming the event. The U.K. government website will display a black banner as well.

Numerous other plans to be played out of the next ten days are also detailed in the operation, according to Politico.

Then, ten days after her death, “Operation London Bridge” ends with the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which is to be held at Westminster Abbey.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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