After the death of Elizabeth II: what will change now for the British


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Status: 09/12/2022 10:01 am

“God Save the King”: Many Brits have yet to get used to these new words from their national anthem. But that’s not the only change her Majesty’s subjects have to adjust to.

coins: There are an estimated 29 billion coins in circulation in the UK, according to the BBC. They all bear the likeness of the Queen. Five different portraits of her were made during her 70-year reign, with the most recent design being 2015. The coins will remain valid. The Royal Mint has not yet announced when it will start minting new coins featuring Charles’s profile. But one thing is already certain: according to tradition, the profiles are always presented from alternate sides. If the Queen looked to the right until now, Carlos will look to the left in the future.

tickets: The Queen also appears on all Bank of England notes, unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, which have their own notes. According to the BBC, there are currently 4.5 billion banknotes in circulation with a value of 80 billion pounds (around 91.4 billion euros). There are no concrete plans yet for a redesign of the banknotes, but this is expected to come.

postage stamps and mailboxes: All stamps bearing the Queen’s image will remain valid, the Royal Mail confirmed shortly after the monarch’s death. However, new stamps featuring the deceased Queen’s outline will no longer be produced. The Post will only check with Buckingham Palace after her funeral and then provide information on the new stamps at “an appropriate time”. The mailboxes bearing the initials ER II (which stands for the Latin royal title: Elizabeth Regina II) will remain. However, the new letterboxes are expected to bear Charles’s initials, CR III (Charles Rex III.).

ministries and authorities: British government departments and agencies carry the “Her Majesty’s” attribute. For example, the tax office is known as “Her Majesty’s Registration and Customs”. Because English uses the third person here, the personal pronoun should be changed to “His de ella” de ella on websites, signs, and letterheads, unless it has already been used as the abbreviation HM. When and to what extent these changes will take place, the government has not yet been able to respond to a request from the dpa news agency.

Justice: Since the death of Elizabeth II, lawyers in Great Britain, the so-called barristers, no longer call themselves Queen’s Counsel (QC) but King’s Counsel (KC). The change came into effect immediately after the Queen’s death, a Bar Association spokeswoman said, according to the PA news agency. Some of the individual dishes also have to be renamed. The Queen’s Bench Division of the London High Court is now the King’s Bench Division.

Seal for providers to the court: The monarch, his partner and the heir to the throne grant manufacturers of certain products the right to bear a seal with the respective coat of arms as court suppliers. This right expires two years after the death of a royal. According to the BBC, the stamps granted by Charles as Prince of Wales may continue to be used, but Prince William, as the new bearer of this title, also has the right to name the court’s purveyors.

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