Operation Lion

Broadcasters unite for royal funeral

Prince Charles with pallbearers

We all know that broadcasters had spent decades preparing for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose 70-year reign ended last autumn at the age of 96. Yet, as anyone who’s ever worked in a newsroom knows, even the best-laid plans can come unstuck.

This was the case last September when heavy rain disrupted live aerial TV coverage of the cortege containing the monarch’s coffin, which had been flown from Edinburgh to London.