Queen Elizabeth was omnipresent. From ketchup bottles to bank notes, her face was stamped on almost everything. But, now with her passing and a subsequent taking over of the throne by King Charles, a new change is likely to surface in the system. Starting with the currency, people will soon see King Charles’ face on the bank notes!
While it was already established that the Queen’s branding will be replaced by that of the King, The Bank of England recently revealed that the new currency will roll out in mid-2024. Money with the Queen’s portrait will also continue to be valid, and “no additional changes to the banknote designs will be made.” A similar course will be taken for the coins as well.
King Charles will appear on four banknotes including the £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. And to “minimize the environmental and financial impact of the change of monarch, notes with Queen’s portrait will be removed from circulation only if they become “worn or damaged,” added the bank. New banknotes with the King’s portrait will be made only to “replace worn bank notes and to meet any overall increase in demand for bank notes.”
Fun fact: Since the reign of Charles II in the 17th century, monarchs have faced the opposite direction of their predecessors. Only Edward VIII’s portrait was an exception. Queen Elizabeth faces to the right, so naturally, King Charles would be a left-facing portrait. The central bank will be revealing the image, that will be used on the polymers, by the end of the year.
With Queen’s 70-year-old reign now over, Prince Charles’s wife and the Duchess of Cornwall would become Queen Consort. With the new title, Camilla will receive the Queen Mother’s famous Kohinoor crown.
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