Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday aged 96 after being placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish estate, earlier in the day.
Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen in 1952 and has reigned for the last 70 years. In 1960 she was the first monarch to have an image on British paper banknotes.
The Bank of England said banknotes bearing Queen Elizabeth II’s likeness would continue to be considered legal money to be exchanged. He said he would make another announcement about the country’s existing banknotes “once the mourning period has been observed.
first monarch to appear on Bank of England banknotes, iconic portraits of the Queen are synonymous with some of the most important work we do,” it said in a statement.
Photographs of the Queen on paper money are also a method against counterfeiting, as According to the Bank of England, it is easier to spot changes in facial features than inanimate objects.
“Current notes bearing the likeness of Her Majesty the Queen remain legal tender. Further announcements will be made on existing Bank of England notes once the mourning period has ended,” reads the press release.
It has been a tradition on coins since the reign of King Charles II for photographs of new monarchs to face in opposite directions to their predecessors. Therefore, King Carlos III would face to the left, in contrast to his mother Isabel’s coins, whose images face to the right.
As the world mourns the loss of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, what will happen to the national anthem, currency and postage stamps after the death of the Queen?
The Queen marked the beginning of many “firsts” for the British monarchy, notably being the first monarch to have her image featured on Bank of England notes.
In an official statement, the bank announced that the coin featuring the Queen’s image will remain in circulation for the time being. Possible changes will be announced after the official dual period.
“God Save The King” was a patriotic song first performed publicly in London in 1745 and became popular as the national anthem in the early 19th century,” the website reads.
The Royal Family’s official website also states that “queen” in the national anthem will be replaced by “queen” depending on who rules, as evidenced by the change to “God Save the Queen” when Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952.
The lyrics will likely return to ‘God Save the King’, but the royal family has not given an official statement as to when that will happen.
In addition to currency, the Queen also appeared on British postage stamps during her reign. According to the Royal Mail Group, “All the postage stamps created during her reign showed an image of Queen Elizabeth II.” Of course, it also appeared on limited edition stamps commemorating special occasions such as royal events, anniversaries, anniversaries, weddings and birthdays.
The Royal Mail Group announced on its website that unused stamps bearing the Queen’s image are still valid. Issue stamps, including a set planned for later this year, will continue to be issued “although release dates are subject to change.”
King Charles III. will no doubt have its own stamp at some point, but out of respect for the Queen, the Royal Mail Group will, after consultation with Buckingham Palace, “announce future stamp issues in due course”.