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London Bridge is down: what happens next?

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The United Kingdom is mourning the loss of its longest-serving Monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at her Balmoral residence surrounded by her family.

The death of the 96-year-old Monarch begins a period of mourning across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms, where strict royal protocols are in place.

At the time of her death, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss was called with the secret message ‘London Bridge is Down’.

The phrase was delivered by civil servants through secure telephone lines.

D-Day

This is also known as the day of Queen Elizabeth II dies.

Buckingham Palace confirmed her death with a placard at the front of her London residence. Flags have been lowered to half mast, as Prince Charles becomes King Charles III.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

His Majesty, King CHARLES

It’s understood Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will temporarily remain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Then, it will travel to London either by air or on the British Royal Train.

Once D-Day passes, the subsequent days will become D+1, D+2, and so on.

How long does the mourning period last?

There are 10 official days between Her Majesty’s death and when she is laid to rest.

On D-3, King Charles embarks on a Royal Tour of the United Kingdom. He will conduct a guard of honour inspection and continue to mourn his mother’s death.

Then, he will make his way to Northern Ireland and attend remembrance services.

King Charles III’s official coronation will take place next year.

By D-5, the King will return to London where the Imperial State Crown and flowers will be laid on the Queen’s coffin.

The Royal Family are expected to hold prayers and a gun carriage procession will take place at 2:30pm local time.

Half an hour later, the coffin will arrive at Westminster Hall and be moved inside.

Eight days after her death, the King will meet with Governor Generals and Prime Ministers from the Commonwealth realms, and around the world.

D-9 will involve last minute preparations for Her Majesty’s funeral. It is unclear whether the Royal Family will make any public appearances at this time.

On the tenth day, the United Kingdom and the world will bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

Her coffin will be moved to Windsor Castle, where a service will then be held at St George’s Chapel.

Her Majesty’s final resting place will be in the Royal Vault, while a private burial will be held.

The day after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, flags will move back to full mast and an additional mourning period will be determined by the UK Government.

What happens in a year from now?

King Charles III’s official coronation will take place in a year. At the same time, the UK and Commonwealth’s currency will be reprinted with the King’s portrait.

There will also be changes to passports, stamps and official uniforms.

Finally, the British national anthem will be changed to ‘God Save the King’.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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