Leaked memo on the Queen’s death warns that London could be ‘stretched to breaking point’ as people try to flood the city

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Queen Elizabeth II. Samir Hussein /Getty Images
  • UK officials and the Royal Family have plans in place for when Queen Elizabeth II dies.
  • They warn London services and policing could reach “breaking point” due to potential crowds.
  • The memo, obtained by Politico, warns London could become “full” for the first time.
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London could be overwhelmed in everything from accommodation to healthcare to policing as crowds could flock to the city after Queen Elizabeth II dies, a leaked document warned.

Politico obtained documents that reveal how the Royal Family and UK government officials plan to deal with the Queen’s death, though Politico noted that there is no indication that officials expect this to happen soon.

Officials fear that crowds, including tourists, coming to London could result in the city being overwhelmed, and have drawn up a security operation in response.

One memo warned that London could become “full” for the first time ever.

It said that this would be the worst-case scenario, Politico reported, with hundreds of thousands of people trying to get to the city.

It could see “accommodation, roads, public transport, food, policing, healthcare and basic services stretched to breaking point,” Politico reported.

National security officials and intelligence services would also be on high alert for a potential terror threat, Politico reported.

And officials also warned that there might not be enough officers to control crowds, the report said.