Edit – 2021
Please note, since this article was published, Operation Royal Bridge module now comes included with our latest NetWise V2 theme. See the video tutorial under the support tab for instructions on how to use the feature. In addition, any client that ordered the old Operation London Bridge feature has now been upgraded to the same function that comes with our V2 theme. Any clients who have ordered the V2 upgrade and are in the queue can request this feature on their existing website whilst they wait for their upgrade.
It’s not a pleasant topic to have to discuss but none the less, working in the public sector it’s a topic that needs to be planned for. Operation LONDON BRIDGE is the code name given to the procedure that will be followed in the event of the death of a Senior Royal, namely HM The Queen. Operation FORTH BRIDGE is the codename for the protocol following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our understanding is that following an official announcement from Buckingham Palace, each local authority website will be required to provide a landing page. This should be of black background, containing only the official image of the Royal family member who has passed, their year of birth and year of death and a simple button to allow visitors to continue to the main website.
In practise, this sounds simple however we have had to test different solutions in order to keep the implementation as simple as possible.
Along with the assistance of the Custodian of the Official Royal Image Library of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, we are now able to offer this functionality. The screenshot below illustrates what the landing page will look like. Please note, we have had to blur the image for this demo in accordance with the licensing restriction that comes with the official images. This image will not be blurred when the actual event occurs nor will there be any text overlay on the image.