For years now every LRF around the country has been planning for Operation Bridges. For those of you that do not know, Operation Bridges is the collective term for the plans that are put in place for the death of a senior Royal. Every senior Royal is given a bridge name so, for example, HRH Queen Elizabeth II was London Bridge, the Prince of Wales is Menai Bridge and the former Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) was Forth Bridge. King Charles III now becomes London Bridge upon the death of his mother. A number of media outlets published headlines recently saying that London Bridge had fallen, which in turn meant the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.As you will have seen unfold throughout early September 2022, there is a large amount of organisation and process involved with the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, with all regions of the UK involved in some way or another.A question many will have, is why are Wiltshire and Swindon LRF involved; what did they do?Firstly, we have an LRF multi-agency plan alongside separate plans for both Local Authorities. There are several processes we needed to implement as soon as we heard of The Queen’s passing, these include lowering flags to half mast on all key buildings and ensuring that communications are sent out to the public and parish councils. It is vital that all messaging across multi-agency partners was consistent.&nbsp;We then needed to ensure that the predefined memorial areas (where the public can lay flowers) are highlighted to everyone. Although many people wanted to lay flowers in London or outside Royal residences, it was important that appropriate local sites were identified. Following this, Books of Condolence were distributed to all our public libraries across the County to ensure everyone had access to the books and could leave their messages.Running in parallel to the period of mourning for the passing of The Queen, there was a need for the proclamation of King Charles III. This part of the process is known Operation Spring Tide and is viewed more as a celebratory event with flags flown at full mast for a set period of time. This is time critical because flags have to return to half mast to continue the period of national mourning.