Ministers hold secret meeting to discuss ‘rehearsals for Queen’s death’

By metro

Preparations for the death of the Queen have been planned by ministers this week.

In an ‘unprecedented exercise’ ministers and civil servants discussed the protocol for the ten days of national mourning when the monarch dies.

Cabinet minister David Lidington chaired a meeting on Thursday which was attended by Home secretary Sajid Javid and leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom.

The exercise was called ‘Castle Dove’ and concentrated on the day after the Queen’s death including when the Prime Minister will make a public statement. A Whitehall source told The Sunday Times: ‘This is the first time different ministers have come together in one room. Previously it has only been officials.’ A cabinet minister reportedly add

The meeting was scheduled before the 92-year-old head of state had to miss a service at St Paul’s Cathedral because she was unwell.