Operation Spring Tide, the plan for the Prince of Wales’ accession to the throne

What is Operation Spring Tide, the plan for the Prince of Wales' accession to the throne

Image of Prince Charles. Credit: Wikimedia/Flickr: Prince Charles

A  PROTOCOL is in place for the Prince of Wales’ accession to the throne, it is called Operation Spring Tide.

Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, a protocol called Operation Spring Tide exists. It is the plan that will be executed for the Prince of Wales’ accession to the throne.

The original plan involves the Accession Council meeting meet at St James’s Palace one day following the monarch´s death to proclaim Charles king.  However as The Queen died late on Thursday, September 8 the meeting was moved to Saturday, September 10.

Parliament will also meet on Saturday with MPs swearing allegiance to the new monarch and express condolences for the Queen’s death.

Other Operation Spring Tide plans include most parliamentary activities being suspended for 10 days and the new monarch hosting the prime minister and the cabinet for an audience. After the Queen’s death, the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish administrations will make proclamations of the new monarch.

The new monarch would receive the motion of condolence at Westminster Hall, after which he will depart for a tour of the United Kingdom.

Plans see Charles visiting the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh and attending a service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

A visit to Northern Ireland is planned to take place the next day, where he will receive a motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle and attend a service at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

After the Queen’s death, the new monarch will also visit Cardiff in Wales. Here, he will receive a motion of condolence at the Welsh parliament and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in the capital city.


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Chris King

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