I'm an American so I don't have a total grasp of UK politics but my understanding is that when the Queen of the UK dies, the country shuts down for a few days. It's also my understanding that prior to a general election, parliament is dissolved. Now there were rumours earlier today that the Queen died (she didn't) but it made me think: what would happen to the UK if the Queen (or another monarch) died immediately prior to the election where the shutdown/mourning period overlapped with the election? Would the election happen? If so, would it have to be delayed? Would that happen automatically or would parliament need to be undissolved in order for it to happen? Do the laws surrounding the deaths of monarchs and general elections already have contingencies for this sort of thing in place? Is there a scenario where the UK is left permanently without a parliament?
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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?