The Royal Family secret code words revealed - what they are and why they use them...

The Royal Family secret code words revealed - from deaths and holidays to royal visits.

The Royal Family secret code words: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Opening Ceremony and first match of the Rugby World Cup 2015 between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium
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The Royal Family use secret code words to communicate about private information without the details becoming public knowledge and these words have been revealed.

If you're a fan of Netflix drama The Crown (opens in new tab) you will be familiar with some of the code names used by the royal family to break the news - which usually comes from a private secretary - about senior royals.

The likes of Her Majesty the Queen (opens in new tab), Prince Phillip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles (opens in new tab), Princess Diana and Prince Harry and Meghan each have a secret code name assigned to them for when news needs to be broken between household members, family and the military before it becomes public knowledge.

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For death, every Royal Family code name is linked to a bridge

In Series 4 of The Crown, Prince Charles code name Menai Bridge was given when it was thought he had died following a ski accident in 1988. He was on a ski slope at the time of an avalanche and viewers hear the phrase 'Operation Menai Bridge' being used - and this is because Menai Bridge is a suspension bridge in Wales and Prince Charles is the Prince of Wales and he was feared dead.

The Queen, 94, has a variety of code names - the most urgent being Operation London Bridge - should a fatal eventuality happen her private secretary is expected to say "London Bridge is down".

But when she is going out and about on visits her security refer to her as Sharon or just 'S' over the radio.

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Meanwhile the Queen's husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip (opens in new tab), 99, is given a code name of Forth Bridge - named after a bridge in Edinburgh - and will be used for his funeral when the time comes.

Royal Family member's secret holiday namesakes:

The younger members of the royal family aren't given code names for death eventualities but they do have an alias when it comes to booking their holidays / travel. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go by the names Daphne Clark and Danny Collins, respectively. And if you're wondering why, it's because the initials are DC which represents Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Even before they quit the Royal Family in April last year, Prince Harry and Meghan were secretly called Davina Scott and David Stevens and this was used for royal visits and vacations.

Prince Charles code name for when he becomes King:

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The Prince has already given up his beloved home ready for when he becomes king, and it's been revealed there is even a code phrase used for when the time comes for such ceremony. And this code name would be Operation Golden Orb - named after the gold ball topped with a cross that Charles will make his promise to God.

And the late Princess Diana is understood to have made her own code name to refer to her tell-all biography in which which she sat down with Andrew Morton. She dubbed the process 'Noah' and this was made by the Princess from the 'notable author and historian' he was called by the media. 

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.