Not only will there be a new royal leader for the United Kingdom after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but things across the country – from the national anthem to money – will also change.
After the king’s death was announced on Thursday, her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, 73, became King Charles III.
Plans had been in the works for the Queen’s death for years, known as Operation London Bridge, as well as plans to begin the monarch’s reign, known as Operation Spring Tide. But there are still things that will change in the coming days, months, and possibly years. Here are some of the things that are expected to be different in the UK:
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The national anthem of the United Kingdom is “God Save the Queen”. With Charles on the throne, the name will change to “God Save the King”.
All lyrics will remain the same, except that the Queen will change to “King”. All pronouns in the anthem will also be changed to ‘he’ and ‘he’.
Example: “God save the queen, send her victorious” be “God save the king, send him victorious.”
All UK coins, known as sterling, feature the image of the Queen, which will eventually be replaced by the image of the King. Watchman Reports indicate that about 4.5 billion banknotes with the image of the queen are in circulation, and it will take at least two years before the king appears on it.
The queen also appears on some banknotes and coins in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, but the status of the new images is unclear in those countries.
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Stamps and postal boxes
The Queen also appears on the stamps, which will soon appear as the King as old stamps are phased out.
Mailboxes across the UK indicate that EIIR, the cypher for Elizabeth II Regina, will likely never be replaced or removed. Instead, when new ones are created, they will have the King’s Sword.
Flags located across the country at police stations, government buildings, and other sites containing the Queen’s sword should be replaced. The new logo with colors has not been announced.
It is also possible that the standard royal flag, which flies in a building whenever the head of the royal family is in residence, will change. Another flag that could change is the Queen’s color flag.
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Aside from the surname Charles, several titles in the royal family have also changed. King Charles III’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is now the queen consort.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are now the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left the royal family, there is a chance that their two children, Archie and Lilipet, will be given the titles of Prince and Princess.
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