Hunt for ‘traitor’ who leaked Queen’s funeral plans as Palace is ‘furious’
Furious Buckingham Palace staff have launched a hunt for the 'traitor' who leaked detailed papers for the plans after the Queen's death.
Top officials are said to be on the warpath and are investigating the publication of the Queen’s funeral plans by the political website, Politico.
The leak, presumed to have come from Whitehall, could also lead to an official government probe.
An updated version of the plans, dubbed Operation London Bridge, was revealed to have been updated with Covid-19 considerations implemented and instructions on what royals should post on social media.
It covers the 10 days that will follow her passing, up until her state funeral.
It reveals every detail of the official response including the process of informing politicians, the press, and people, different plans for if the Queen dies in England or at Balmoral, and the role of the her heir Prince Charles.
It also details fears that London will be "stretched to breaking point" as millions of mourners head to the capital.
But aides are now seeking the person responsible after the top-secret document was sensationally leaked and the plans made headlines around the world.
The Palace has not publicly commented, but The Sun says there is understood to be uproar at the leak.
The Daily Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
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Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who previously worked for Prince William, is not expected to make a decision on a formal investigation before next week.
But one government source told the Mirror: “Neither the Palace nor the Government are particularly happy when leaks of this nature occur."
Sources said there was a “major appetite” to discover who leaked the documents and what their motivation was, the Mirror reports.
A Cabinet Office source said: “We will look into which version has emerged and be able to determine whether this dereliction of duty requires a formal government investigation.
"At the very least, it is concerning, unnecessary and upsetting.”
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A series of new details are believed to have been added to the document to reflect the pandemic.
Officials say they're worried about how many people will head to London, while there are concerns about a shortage of stewards to manage crowds.
Contingencies will also have to be made because of Covid, the papers reveal.
However, there won't be an extra bank holiday and the government won't order companies to give staff the day off.
The Prime Minister will be told by Buckingham Palace's most senior courtier: "London Bridge is down."
The head of the civil service and top ministers will also be informed.
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Flags will be lowered to half-mast across Government buildings within 10 minutes and Parliament will adjourn if sitting.
As when Philip died, the Royal Family's website will revert to a black holding page confirming the Queen's death.
Prince Charles will be pronounced king the morning after his mother's death, before immediately heading on a tour of the country to grieve with the public.
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And the day the Queen dies will be known in Whitehall as D-Day, according to Politico, which published the leaked papers.
A national minute's silence will be held, the PM will have a 6pm audience with the new King Charles, whose succession is codenamed Operation Spring Tide.
The Queen's coffin will lie in state for public viewing before her funeral.
Allaying any concerns about the monarch, insiders say she remains in good health and the document's leak doesn't mean there's been a change in her wellbeing.
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