Operation Unicorn explained as Queen under medical supervision at Balmoral

Queen Elizabeth II is currently under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after her doctors confirmed that they remain concerned for her health.

The news was announced via a spokesperson at Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon (September 8).

Prince Charles, Camilla and Prince William have all travelled to Balmoral in Aberdeenshire where the Queen always spends her summers, according to Clarence House and Kensington Palace. Other royals such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also on their way.

Fears for Her Majesty's health intensified on social media following snaps of her meeting with Liz Truss on Tuesday which prompted questions about what appeared to be a dark blue bruise on her hand.

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The 96-year-old pulled out of a virtual Privy Council on Wednesday, September 7, before a Palace spokesperson revealed that she is remaining under the close eye of medics.

But what happens if the Queen dies in Scotland and what is Operation Unicorn?

What is Operation Unicorn?

Operation Unicorn is a plan that details what would happen if the Queen dies in Scotland.

Meanwhile, the plans for if the Queen dies in England are called London Bridge, and have been in place since the 1960s.

Details about Operation Unicorn were first reported to the public in 2019, although mention of the codename was first made in the Scottish Parliament's online papers in 2017.

What happens if the Queen dies in Scotland?

If the Queen dies in Scotland, Operation Unicorn will kick into effect. This involves the immediate suspension of business at the Scottish Parliament so authorities are able to prepare for a state funeral.

It is to be expected if the Queen was to pass away in Scotland, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe could flock to the region.

It is understood that if Her Majesty dies north of the border, Parliament, the neighbouring palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles' Cathedral, will be the main focal points for the public and journalists.

This could mean that her body could rest at Holyroodhouse, with her coffin then carried to the cathedral on the Royal Mile.

Her Majesty's body will then be placed on the Royal Train at Waverley station and then the journey down the east coast will commence, finishing in the city of London.

It is believed there are around three meetings a year, involving members of the government, police and broadcasters, to form a plan around the event of the Queen's death.

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