The moment Buckingham Palace notified the governor general of the death of the Queen, a plan which has been worked on for years was put in place.
This plan has been passed from governor general to governor general, prime minister to prime minister, guided by the Palace, with exact details on what is to happen over the next 15 days.
The flags are already at half mast. Parliament is suspended for 15 days – so the sitting planned for next week is suspended.
The prime minister and cabinet website and the governor general website will switch to obituary format, and will contain information on events planned for Australia.
For the next fortnight, there will be condolence books at Parliament House, Government House and the PM&C website.
This evening at dusk, there will be a gun salute, with one shot for every year of…