London Bridge Is Down — Queen Elizabeth II Dead at 96
The London Bridge is down.
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The London Bridge is down.
Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom monarch and 14 other sovereign countries, is dead at 96. She died peacefully while surrounded by her family. “The Queen has died, very sadly. She died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” officials said.
Her cause of death was presumably due to aging and complicated health issues.
Now, after her death, her son Prince Charles immediately became King. According to CNN, the Royal family referred to Charles as King in announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reacted to the news that Queen Elizabeth II had died at 96, saying that “our hearts and our thoughts” go to the family and the people of the United Kingdom.
“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of United Kingdom. I don’t want to get ahead of what the President is going to say,” Jean-Pierre said at the end of the White House press briefing, reacting live to the news of the Queen’s passing.
Concerns about her health and death rumors began after Buckingham Palace, on September 8, 2022, revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was being monitored by medics — who were concerned about her health. It was reported that she was comfortable and will continue at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she has spent the summer.
The successor to the throne, now-King Prince Charles, was at Balmoral Castle with the Queen and his wife, Camilla, and sister, Princess Anne. Soon after the news about the Queen being treated was released, Charles’ oldest son, Prince William, was on his way to Balmoral, as were his brother, Prince Harry, his wife, Meghan, Prince Andrew, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The statement regarding the Queen’s health came a day after the 96-year-old Queen was urged to rest and postponed a meeting of her Privy Council. At Wednesday’s meeting, the Privy Council, a group of the monarch’s top advisors, was scheduled to swear in Truss and her new Cabinet colleagues officially.
On September 8, every top official in the government and the BBC were being closely monitored. Huw Edwards, a BBC news presenter, went on air wearing a black tie before it was announced that the Queen was dead.
This is a canary in the mine for people who are aware of the arrangements for the death of a king. Similarly, BBC’s website was changed to black, and all BBC One programming was canceled till 6 p.m.
What will happen now?
The plan for what will happen in the United Kingdom on and immediately after Queen Elizabeth II’s death is known as Operation London Bridge, also known by its code phrase London Bridge Is Down.
This includes the announcement of her death, the period of official mourning, and the details of her state funeral. Some crucial choices about the plan have been made by the Queen herself, while others will have to be made by her successor, Charles, Prince of Wales, following her death.
When Queen dies, her private secretary will be the first official to deliver the news. Their first step will be to contact the prime minister, where civil servants will use secure telephone lines to convey the code phrase “London Bridge is down” to the prime minister.
Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. (Source: Twitter)
The private secretary will also inform the cabinet secretary and the Privy Council Office. The cabinet secretary will then tell ministers and senior civil servants.
The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office’s Global Response Centre, based in a secret location in London, will communicate the news to the governments of the 14 other countries where Elizabeth II reigned and the governments of the other Commonwealth of Nations.
An announcement would inform the media to PA Media and the BBC via the Radio Alert Transmission System (RATS). Similarly, the commercial radio on the Independent Radio News will also be informed via a network of blue “obit lights” alerting presenters to play “inoffensive music” and prepare for a news flash.
At the same time, BBC Two would suspend scheduled programming and switch to BBC One’s broadcast of the announcement. It is reported that The Times has 11 days of planned coverage, while ITN and Sky News have long practiced her death under the name “Mrs Robinson.”
A footman would attach a dark-edged notification to Buckingham Palace’s gates. At the same time, the palace website would display the same notice.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom, as well as the parliaments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland would meet as soon as possible or be recalled if they are not currently sitting. The Prime Minister would address the House of Commons.
The new monarch, Prince Charles, will meet with the prime minister and then deliver a speech to the nation at 6 p.m., the evening following the Queen’s death.
Whitehall and local government buildings will fly flags at half-mast, and books of condolence may be opened; ceremonial ornaments, such as ceremonial maces or council chains, are to be placed in black purses.
Similarly, Gun salutes will take place at saluting stations. Depending on where Elizabeth II died, different preparations for conveying her coffin are planned, including those for Windsor Castle and Scotland.
The plan known as Operation Unicorn will happen since the Queen died in Scotland. Once the death is made public, Holyrood Palace, St Giles’ Cathedral, and the Scottish Parliament will be the focal points of gatherings, with a public condolence book put up at the latter.
Parliamentary activities will be halted immediately for at least six days to enable officials to prepare for the burial. Within 72 hours after reconvening, the parliament will draft a motion of condolence.
The Queen’s coffin will be laid to rest at Holyrood Palace, followed by a reception ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Following that, the coffin would be brought to Waverley station and, if feasible, conveyed by the Royal Train to London.
If not, the coffin would be flown to London and met by the prime minister and cabinet members.
If she had died at Windsor Castle or Sandringham House, the coffin would be transported by Royal Train to London’s St Pancras railway station. There, the prime minister and cabinet ministers will be waiting.
If she had died overseas, the coffin would be transported by No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron to RAF Northolt and then by hearse to Buckingham Palace.
In all situations, the casket would be carried to Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room. It would be brought to Westminster Hall five days following the Queen’s death and lay in state for three days after service.
A state funeral led by the Archbishop of Canterbury would be held at Westminster Abbey ten days after the Queen’s death. Her body would then be buried in a prepared tomb at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, alongside Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose coffin will be moved from the Royal Vault.
Before the burial, a committal ceremony would be performed at St George’s Chapel. As the Queen and the Prime Minister agreed, the day of the funeral would be proclaimed a day of national mourning, although no bank holiday would be given.
At noon, there will be a two-minute silence throughout the United Kingdom, and processions will assemble in London and Windsor.
The plans for the Queen’s death and funeral run concurrently with Operation Spring Tide, the plan for the Prince of Wales’ accession to the throne. The day after the Queen’s death, the Accession Council would meet at St James’s Palace to proclaim the new monarch.
Parliament would meet that evening to swear allegiance to the new monarch and express condolences for the Queen’s death. The majority of legislative activity would be halted for ten days.
The new monarch, King Charles, will welcome the prime minister and cabinet for an audience at 3:30 p.m. Proclamations of the new monarch will be made by the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments two days following the Queen’s death.
King Charles would receive the motion of condolence in Westminster Hall in the morning on the third day after the Queen’s death before departing on a tour of the United Kingdom. Similarly, the new king would visit the Scottish parliament and attend a liturgy at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral.
He would also go to Northern Ireland the next day when they would receive a motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle and attend a liturgy at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
Then, he would visit Wales seven days following the Queen’s death, receiving a vote of condolence from the Welsh parliament and attending liturgy at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.
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TikTok Star Briblixks and Boyfriend K2RaW Are Pregnant with First Child
The couple recently held a gender reveal party!
TikTok star Briblixks is expecting her first child with her YouTuber boyfriend, K2RaW.
Moreover, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the couple hosted a gender reveal party and learned whether they were having a baby girl or a baby boy. And for those wondering about the gender of their unborn baby, the duo will have a baby girl.
Briblixks first hinted at her pregnancy on May 10, 2023, when she shared a series of pictures of herself in Manhattan. In those pictures, she was donning a blue-colored outfit, and her waistline was clearly visible.
And when fans saw Briblixks’ waistline, they realized she was pregnant. One fan wrote, “Peep the baby bump,” with another one adding, “Bri are you pregnant???”
While the fan queries remained unanswered for many days, they were ultimately confirmed when the TikTok star and her partner hosted a gender reveal party on May 31. That day, Briblixks first made a joint Instagram post alongside Mia Lauture.
The post was a video that showed a finished look at Briblixks’ nails which Lauture did for the special occasion of Briblixks’ gender reveal party. Lauture captioned the post, “Gender reveal nails for my brand ambassador.”
Likewise, another Instagram post showed make-up artist Jaylyne Rose doing make-up for the TikTok star. And the last post on her Instagram handle was a video from the couple’s gender reveal party.
Speaking of their gender reveal party, hundreds of guests were in attendance for the special day, including Briblixks’ two favorite cousins. And at the gender reveal party, the guests initially made their guesses before it was revealed that the couple was having a girl.
Briblixks also shared many videos on her TikTok handle. In one of her many TikTok videos, she revealed that she was 20 weeks pregnant. And the comment section was also filled with congratulatory comments from their friends and well-wishers.
Briblixks hinting she is pregnant by showing her growing baby bump (Photo: Instagram)
On Thursday, June 1, 2023, Briblixks posted a video on her self-titled YouTube channel which showed her and her boyfriend going for an ultrasound for the first time since they revealed they were pregnant. The video’s title was ‘My First Ultrasound Since The Big Reveal.’
As of this writing, these are the only updates the love partners have given about their pregnancy. But rest assured, fans will get more details about their unborn baby. For now, their baby’s due date is yet to be revealed.
Briblixks and K2RaW reportedly began dating around a year ago, in 2022. However, it’s unknown when they first met each other and when they decided to leap into their relationship. That said, not much details are known about their relationship.
Who is Briblixks?
As mentioned above, Briblixks is a TikTok star who came into the limelight for her trending dance and lip-synced content. Currently, she has more than 6.8 million followers on her self-titled TikTok handle.
Born in 2004, the influencer was primarily raised in the boroughs of The Bronx, New York City. She celebrates her birthday every year on March 14. She is currently 19 years of age, and her zodiac sign is Pisces.
Singer Sia Reveals Her Autism Diagnosis Two Years after Controversial Film ‘Music’
Sia has been diagnosed with autism spectrum.
Sia recently revealed that she is on the autism spectrum.
According to CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental impairment caused by brain differences. ASD patients frequently struggle with social communication and engagement, as well as confined or repetitive habits or hobbies.
Sia revealed the news to her fans and follower during Rob Has a Podcast (via People). She said, “I’m on the spectrum, and I’m in recovery and whatever — there’s a lot of things.”
Sia reveals that she is on the autism spectrum:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 31, 2023
“For 45 years, I was like … 'I've got to go put my human suit on.’ And only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.”
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Here is everything we know about it.
Sia on her autism spectrum disorder
This is the first time the singer opened up about her disorder. She revealed that after the diagnosis, she felt like like herself.
She said, “For 45 years, I was like … ‘I’ve got to go put my human suit on.’ And only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.”
After Sia revealed her autism spectrum, she talked about how she had been feeling for the past couple of years. She said, “Nobody can ever know and love you when you’re filled with secrets and … living in shame.”
She talked about feeling seen for the first time in her life and feeling like a human.
“And when we finally sit in a room full of strangers and tell them our deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets, and everybody laughs along with us, and we don’t feel like pieces of trash for the first time in our lives, and we feel seen for the first time in our lives for who we actually are, and then we can start going out into the world and just operating as humans and human beings with hearts and not pretending to be anything,” she said.
Sia revealed her autism spectrum two years after she faced backlash for her movie, Music. She had cast her frequent collaborator, Maddie Ziegler, in the movie, who portrays a character on the autism spectrum.
Music, written and directed by Sia, was about a teenager with autism, but disability rights campaigners chastised her for casting Ziegler, who was not on the autistic spectrum. The singer initially defended herself and her choice to cast Ziegler.
TODAY IN “GUESS WHO’S CANCELLED?”: Sia faces backlash after casting Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teen in upcoming movie “Music.” Many have been critical of Sia’s choice to cast a non-disabled actor to play a disabled character. pic.twitter.com/f5TfoGycDF— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) November 20, 2020
She claimed that it was difficult to work with someone on the autism spectrum, and Ziegler was someone who could bring her vision to light. But her defending Music was faced with more criticism and backlash.
In the end, Sia apologized and said she would cut the scenes that depict people with autism spectrum in a negative light. She said, “I’m sorry. I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough.”
Following the major backlash, Sia was suicidal and had to check into rehab after she relapsed. Thankfully, she had Kathy Griffin, who helped her through it.
Now, Sia is happy, and after she has found that she is on the autism spectrum, she has been working towards recovery — making herself better mentally and physically.
Netizens’ reaction to Sia’s autism spectrum disorder
Many netizens were sympathetic towards Sia after she opened up about having autism. They wished her the best and asked her to be strong for herself and her family.
Netizens’ reaction to Sia being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: Reddit)
However, many brought up the topic of Music and how Sia’s actions back then were not excusable. Some people pointed out that the singer being autistic would excuse her for Music.
They noted that whatever Sia did for Music was still back, and just because she identified or had autism spectrum did not mean that she was a good advocate for it.
As a result, people were sympathetic to her but did not excuse her and her explanation behind Music.
‘Cheer’ Star Morgan Simianer Weds Stone Burleson in a Lavish Texas Wedding
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Burleson!
Stone Burleson has upgraded his title from boyfriend to husband!
With a lavish wedding ceremony, Morgan Simianer finally tied the knot with her partner on May 28, 2023. Simianer had been updating her fans and followers on every detail about her wedding since she got engaged a year ago.
Simianer shared her wedding with People, who clicked exclusive pictures for them, took their interview about their relationship, and shared their love story with the world.
Here is all we know about it.
Morgan Simianer’s wedding ceremony with her husband
Before her wedding, Simianer shared the journey with her fans and followers on Instagram. For instance, she shared her journey of selecting her wedding dress on social media.
She went to Bridal Boutique: Bridal Salon in Lewisville, Texas. She tried a couple of dresses but ultimately chose a sleek long-sleeved lace gown with pearl and beading detail.
She paired them with a long white veil that matched the detailing on her gown. Talking about her wedding dress to People, she said, “I went in and I was like, ‘I want to try every single style on.’ And I ended up going with something that was completely different from my vision board. I literally put it on and I was like, Oh my gosh, I love this dress.”
Her husband, on the other hand, wore a simple black tuxedo with a white shirt and black tie. Simianer had a timeless Texas wedding at The Olana, a mansion estate that pays homage to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris.
Simianer said of her wedding venue, “It’s like a castle. Since the moment I saw it, it was engraved in my mind. When you get the butterfly feeling of it’s meant to be. I was like, ‘Yes, this is it.’”
Many people came to the wedding, from both the groom’s and bride’s sides. There were 275 guests who attended, and it included Simianer’s cast and crew from her Netflix docuseries, Cheer.
Morgan Simianer got married to her husband, Stone Burleson, in May 2023. (Source: Instagram)
“I feel like it’s a whole family reunion with all of us. There’ll be people from the Netflix docuseries, the producer of Cheer. People that went on tour with me for Cheer Live. We have just so many people,” she shared.
Simianer walked down the aisle with her grandfather to Christina Perry’s ‘A Thousand Years.’ She then exchanged the vows and rings with her boyfriend.
The couple’s ring was from Kay Jewelers, and Simianer’s ring was a custom-designed gold and diamond sparkler. On the other hand, Burleson selected a Neil Lane yellow gold diamond band.
Before the couple had their wedding ceremony, the two had their civil marriage. They got their certificates from Rockwall County Court House on April 13, 2023 — a month and a half before her Christian wedding to her partner.
Morgan Simianer’s dating history with Stone Burleson
Simianer had been dating her boyfriend since early 2021. Details about their dating life are not known, but the pair made their relationship Instagram official on March 29, 2021, after attending a friend’s wedding.
After dating for a little over a year, Burleson proposed to his partner on the rooftop of HALL Arts Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
According to People, he proposed with a two and 3/4-carat Neil Lane marquise diamond ring set in a halo of diamonds on an 18-carat yellow gold band. Burleson planned his engagement to surprise his partner.
He planned a phony interview and photoshoot with her old coach, Monica Aldama, but when Simianer came, she was welcomed by her fiancé, who then dropped down on one knee.
Burleson told People, “After our first date, I knew I wanted to be with Morgan for the rest of my life, and this weekend, I asked her to be my forever, she blessed me by saying yes.”
It took the couple a little over a year to get married after getting engaged. But throughout that time, they prepared for their wedding and had a massive Bachelorette Party in Mexico.
The bride-to-be and her friends traveled to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, staying at The Excellence Resort in Cancun. The “Bach & Boujee” celebration included a yacht trip as well as snorkeling and cheering towers in the ocean.
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