20 Shocking Effects The British Queen’s Death Will Have On The World

Queen Elizabeth II is a British institution. She’s been a stable influence over a country that’s seen tumultuous changes throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. At the age of 91, she’s the longest reigning monarch in history, having being sworn into power at the age of 25 after her father George VI’s untimely death. She, like her father, never expected to become monarch. But the crown fell upon her head after her uncle Edward VIII gave up his claim to the throne after falling in love with a divorced American socialite, Wallace Simpson, whom he wasn’t allowed to marry.

When Queen Elizabeth became monarch in 1953, the world was a very different place. The scars of the Second World War had only just begun to heal, and the United Kingdom was undergoing colossal social and economic change. Back then, the monarchy had unrivalled power in society. Queen Elizabeth wasn’t just head of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, but head of the Church of England too, something which has forced her into making some difficult decisions in her life. When she dies, it will signal the end of an era in British and world history…

What Exactly Will Happen When The Queen Passes?

In the modern world, the place of the monarchy has been the subject of much scrutiny. Many have argued that it’s an institution that’s outdated and costly, and there’s no doubt that Queen Elizabeth II is the last remnant of a time when the monarchy was truly relevant. Whilst she still possesses a great deal of power, she’s no longer a part of an institution that’s revered and respected by all in society. Her family have been subject to scandal after scandal during her reign, and many have speculated about the changes which will happen in the wake of her death…

NEXT: The first thing that will happen when Queen Elizabeth II dies…

Under British law, the United Kingdom must always have a monarch. The moment that Queen Elizabeth takes her final breath, she will immediately be replaced by a new monarch. The day after her death, man who has waited most of his adult life for the throne will finally become king. This will happen in secret, under the code “London Bridge Is Down”.

1. King Charles

Queen Elizabeth will be immediately succeeded by her son Charles, who will become King Charles III. Her death will also mean that his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will become queen, something which could potentially upset a lot of people as she had an affair with Charles whilst he was married to his first wife Diana. The moment he is crowned, Charles will have to then begin a tour of the United Kingdom as king, visiting all of the major cities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

NEXT: News will then begin to spread about the Queen’s death…

Since the Queen is the head of the British government, the first person to be informed of her death outside of her immediate family will be the Prime Minister. A person the Queen has personally allowed to form a government. This is what the Prime Minister will have to do once they have received the news…

2. The Prime Minister

As soon as the Prime Minister is told that London Bridge is down, they will have to begin informing all of the countries in the Commonwealth of the news since Queen Elizabeth is also their head of state. The last time that a monarch died was in the 1950s, and there’s no doubt that the news will send shockwaves around the world…

NEXT: This is how the public will find out…

After all of the necessary government officials have been told of Queen Elizabeth’s death, the public will be informed. In today’s technological society, there’s no doubt that the news of the Queen’s death will spread like wildfire, however, it will be officially announced in two ways…

3. The Public

The world will find out about the Queen’s passing from Clarence House (the Royal Family’s official press) which will issue a statement and through a small notice that will be placed outside Buckingham Palace in London. The majority of people alive today will have never experienced the death of a monarch so it will be global news.

NEXT: This is what will happen to the British parliament…

The moment the Queen dies, the British parliament will be recalled. This means that both the House of Lords and the House of Commons will meet at a time when they wouldn’t otherwise, as the Queen’s death will be a nationally significant event. This is why the British parliament will be recalled…

4. Parliament Recalled

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a number of significant changes in British society under the rule of a new king, and the parliament will meet to discuss them. It will be of crucial importance to deal with the event in a sensitive and dignified manner as the eyes of the world will be on Britain in the days and weeks following the Queen’s death.

NEXT: The outside of every palace in the United Kingdom will suddenly look very different…

Since Queen Elizabeth II has touched the lives of many throughout her remarkably long reign, people will want to express their grief and gratitude for what she’s done with her life. So the outside of palaces will look very, very different when people find out that London Bridge is down…

5. Walls Of Flowers

Every palace in the United Kingdom, especially Buckingham Palace, will suddenly be covered in a wall of flowers. Over 5 ft of tributes were left outside Buckingham Palace after Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, and there’s no doubt that Queen Elizabeth’s death will inspire an even greater outpouring of public grief.

NEXT: This is what will happen for twelve days after the Queen’s death…

British society and indeed society in the commonwealth will be very different in the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s death. The day it’s announced, news reporters will be dressed in black, the music played on radio stations will be different, and no comedy will be aired on the main British TV channel, the BBC…

6. National Mourning

The United Kingdom will enter a twelve day period of national mourning after Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Aside from the changes which will take place on the day of her death, sporting events will be cancelled, and if they are allowed to take place, the national anthem will be sung at the beginning of each game. What’s more is that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a national holiday.

NEXT: World leaders will be expected to do this after the Queen’s death…

Queen Elizabeth has lived through a startling 12 American presidencies. Throughout her nine decades, she’s travelled the world countless times, meeting leaders from the Commonwealth and further afield…

7. Condolences

All national leaders will be expected to send their heartfelt condolences to the United Kingdom following the Queen’s death. In fact, many major world leaders including the American president will be invited to her funeral. It truly will be a significant event, even for those living outside the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

NEXT: These are Queen Elizabeth’s funeral plans…

The plans for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral have been in place for a long time. Before her funeral, which will take place nine days after her death, the public will get a chance to pay their last respects when her body lies “in state” for a three day period. That means that her remains will be on display at Westminster Hall in London. This is what will happen on the day of her funeral…

8. The Funeral

On the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the ceremony will happen at 11 am in Westminster Abbey and around 2,000 people will attend the ceremony itself. After the funeral service, the queen’s body will be taken taken to her final resting place, and thousands of people will line the streets of London to watch her funeral cortege pass by.

NEXT: This is where Queen Elizabeth will be buried…

Unlike us Average Joe’s, monarchs aren’t buried in graveyards. After all, they’ve technically been given their power by God, and that’s why they’re all laid to rest in the same place. A vault in a very royal castle…

9. Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth, just like many monarchs before her including her father George VI, will be buried in a vault in Windsor Castle. It’s then that her immediately family will be given the opportunity to say goodbye privately, and a final ceremony will be held as her body is laid to rest.

NEXT: The event will be immortalised in a number of ways…

Whenever there’s a significant event in the British Royal family, it’s documented extensively. The last time that it happened was when Prince William got married in 2011. The Queen’s death will be no exception…

10. Memorabilia

Countless items of memorabilia will be made in the wake of the Queen’s death. This will range from special commemorative editions of British newspapers to commemorative currency. Similar items have been produced throughout Queen Elizabeth’s life including at Diamond Jubilee. But there’s no doubt that her death will lead to the creation of even more memorabilia.

NEXT: British currency will never be the same again after the Queen’s death…

If you’ve ever been to the United Kingdom, then you’ll know that Queen Elizabeth’s face is on all British currency, and it has been since she was coronated way back in 1953, but that will all change when she dies…

11. British Money

After Queen Elizabeth’s death, the currency with her face on it will slowly become obsolete, and it will be replaced with currency depicting the newly crowned King Charles III. Whilst many people believe that the monarchy is outdated, there’s no denying that it still has considerable influence over British society, on everything right down to the notes which people use!

NEXT: But it’s not just British money that will change…

If you thought that changing the British currency was a big change, this next change that will happen is something that will take a long time for people to get used to as the Queen’s been monarch for so long…

12. The National Anthem

When we think of the British national anthem, we automatically think of the words ‘God Save the Queen’. However, after her death, its title will immediately be changed back to ‘God Save the King’. Admittedly, it’s just this one word that will be changed, but I imagine that it will take a lot of getting used to for people in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

NEXT: The Queen’s death could potentially change the Commonwealth forever…

Britain, whilst still a major player on the world stage, is no longer the grand ruler that it used to be. Many countries want to be free of the traditions of places thousands of miles away from their shoes…

13. The Commonwealth Break Up

As it stands, the British monarch as the power to fire the Australian Prime Minister. After Queen Elizabeth’s death, many countries including Australia, which has already expressed a desire to break free from the Commonwealth, might leave. This could cause other countries to follow suit, disbanding 52 countries which had previously been headed by Queen Elizabeth.

NEXT: Charles will be incredibly busy once he becomes king…

King Charles III will have a lot to do following the death of his mother. Not only will he be coronated, play a key role in his mother’s funeral celebrations, and tour the United Kingdom, but he’ll have do this too…

14. The King’s World Tour

Once he is King, Charles will have to embark on a world tour as soon as possible to consolidate his reign. Tours of the world typically take months and given that Charles is already in his late 60s, there’s no doubt that this would be an arduous, but necessary task for him. At least Queen Elizabeth was in her 20s when she did it!

NEXT: The line of succession to the British throne would change…

There is a clear line of succession in the British monarchy. After Charles, the next person in line to the throne is his eldest son William, however, the unlikely event that Charles choses not to become King, the crown would befall William. It’s highly unlikely that Charles’ other son, Harry, would ever become king…

15. Line Of Succession

The only way that Harry would ever become King would be if both his brother and nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, died before him and George did not have an heir. As it stands, the next in line to the throne after Charles is William, followed by Prince George and then Princess Charlotte.

NEXT: The longest reigning monarch will change…

Queen Elizabeth didn’t become the longest reigning living monarch until the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 2016. This is a title which will be passed onto a king after she dies…

16. The Longest Reigning Monarch

Abdul Halim of Kedah will become the world’s longest serving monarch when Queen Elizabeth dies. He was coronated in 1958. Given that monarchies are becoming increasingly obsolete in the modern world, it’s unlikely that monarchs will reigns as long as Queen Elizabeth’s and King Abdul’s will ever be seen again.

NEXT: A national institution could be plunged into chaos…

As we all know, Queen Elizabeth isn’t just heat of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, she’s head of the Church of England too. This is something which has meant she’s had to live her life in a certain way. As a divorcee, Charles does not represent the same level of moral uprightness that his mother does…

17. The Church Of England

The Church of England will undoubtedly be affected by Queen Elizabeth’s death. Not only is religion becoming increasingly less relevant in today’s secular society, but Charles does not represent the church’s traditional values, even if they have become more liberal in recent years.

NEXT: Queen Elizabeth’s reign is likely to never be repeated…

Queen Elizabeth only became Queen at 25 because of an unfortunate series of events. Typically, monarchs are much older when they ascend to the throne. A reign of a similar length is unlikely to happen again…

18. Longest Reigning Queen

It doesn’t matter when Queen Elizabeth dies now, she is likely to be remembered as the longest reigning queen in history. That means that her life will most likely be studied for hundreds of years after her death. Whilst she’s ostensibly lived a privileged life, it’s not been a private one, and even those who aren’t ardently in favor of the monarchy admit that she’s done a great job.

NEXT: Shockingly, she could be the last ever queen of the United Kingdom…

Princess Charlotte might be fourth in line to the throne, however, it’s extremely unlikely that she’ll ever become queen. As soon as her brother Prince George has children, they will be next in line to the throne…

19. Last Ever Queen

Given that many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the position of the monarchy within society, Queen Elizabeth II could quite easily be the last ever Queen of England. Whilst this might seem sad, the people’s democratic will must prevail in the United Kingdom, and if the majority of British people want to disband the monarchy, it will eventually happen.

NEXT: The final event which will happen after Queen Elizabeth’s death…

It doesn’t matter whether you’re for or against the British monarchy, no one can deny that it’s had its place in history and that includes Queen Elizabeth, who has been a stable and unifying force for decades. She’s lived through some of the biggest world events in history, and her death will be an opportunity for people to do this…

20. Reflection

After Queen Elizabeth’s death, people around the world will inevitably reflect on the history of not only the Queen’s life, but the time she has ruled for. She might be a symbol of a bygone era, but without that era, we wouldn’t be living in the world we see around us today. When Elizabeth became Queen, Britain was arguably the most powerful country in the world and that’s no longer the case. Whilst there’s no doubt that Britain will always be great in its own way, the greatness of its history is undoubtedly epitomised by its monarchy.

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