Revamped national anthem lyrics and a new look for foreign money: Here are some changes the U.Ok. can expect after Queen Elizabeth’s death

The death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday introduced an finish to her 70-year reign. With her son, King Charles III, now the ruling monarch at Britain’s helm, a long time of symbols in Her Majesty’s honor – from the national anthem to foreign money – will seemingly see a shift. 

While there has not been official affirmation of the following changes, historical past has proven that when a new monarch emerges, so do the tributes that seem of their honor all through the United Kingdom and past. 

National anthem 

For 70 years, “God Save the Queen” has been the track of the land in Britain – however the National Anthem was round lengthy earlier than Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952. According to the royal household’s official web site, the National Anthem really dates again to at the very least the 1700s, however might presumably be even older. 

Before it was “God Save the Queen,” nevertheless, the track was “God Save the King.” It was first carried out in honor of then-Prince Charles Edward Stuart after he defeated King George II’s military, in accordance with the royal household. The chief of the band at the Theatre Royal organized its efficiency and the track shortly unfold to be a customized for greeting monarchs as they entered locations of public leisure. 

The phrases utilized in the track right now are the identical as these sung at the moment, however with “Queen” and she/her pronouns used the place wanted. The first verse of the track will now be recited as, “God save our gracious King! Long live our noble King! God save the King! Send him victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us, God save the King.”


Currency issued by the Royal Mint has depicted the reigning British monarch for greater than 1,100 years. Queen Elizabeth was no completely different – together with her portraits gracing cash in Britain and all through the Commonwealth since she took the throne. New cash had been designed in her honor about as soon as a decade. 

The Royal Mint has not said its official plans for the nation’s foreign money. In a assertion, the official maker of the U.Ok.’s cash mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II “will be dearly missed” by the company and “millions of people around the world.” 

“The remarkable legacy of Britain’s longest-serving monarch will live on for many years to come,” the Royal Mint mentioned. 

However, it can be assumed that any newly minted cash with King Charles III may have one other notable distinction – whereas Queen Elizabeth was at all times depicted dealing with towards the proper, Charles will face left. The altering instructions are a custom that has lasted for greater than 300 years, in accordance with the Royal Mint Museum, the place every king or queen faces in the other way as their predecessor. 

The Queen’s father – and King Charles III’s grandfather – George VI confronted left on his cash.

Queen Elizabeth II was additionally the first monarch to be featured on banknotes from the Bank of England, when, in 1956, the U.Ok. Treasury granted permission for her portrait for use. The Bank mentioned Thursday that present banknotes that includes her picture will proceed to be authorized tender and that additional bulletins about notes will probably be made after the nation’s interval of mourning.  

Postal system symbols 

For her coronation in 1953, drawn portraits have been produced by the artist Edmund Dulac, who died earlier than his design was issued on 3 June 1953, the day after her Coronation.

Royal Mail Group

Queen Elizabeth’s head seems on all of the U.Ok.’s postage stamps and her personal cypher – in addition to these of all her predecessors relationship again to Queen Victoria – seem on most letterboxes, in accordance with the royal household. The first postage stamps to function Elizabeth have been issued on June 3, 1953, the day after her coronation, in accordance with the Royal Mail. They present the queen sporting the Diamond Diadem, a crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV that has since been worn by each queen and queen consort since Queen Adelaide.

Several iterations of the Queen’s portrait have been displayed on British stamps ever since, with particular designs getting used for anniversaries, birthdays and jubilees. The most up-to-date stamps have been issued in February for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee and confirmed eight completely different images of Her Majesty all through her reign.  

It’s anticipated that new stamps will probably be printed depicting King Charles III. 

“We release all stamp images at the appropriate time, after consultation with Buckingham Palace,” a Royal Mail spokesperson informed CBS News.

Prior to Elizabeth’s death, the postal union was planning to strike Friday. The union mentioned Thursday that it’ll maintain off till September 30 – after the royal household’s official mourning interval has ended. 


The Royal Standard is a flag representing the monarch and the United Kingdom. Under the Queen’s reign, it was flown every time she was in residence in considered one of the royal palaces or on her automobile or plane throughout official journey. It is also flown on any constructing that was visited by the Queen if the proprietor needed it. 

The flag has modified a number of instances since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, in accordance with the royal household. Its newest type was a design of 4 quarters, with England represented as three lions strolling with their proper toes raised in the first and fourth quarters, Scotland represented as a lion standing on one hind leg in the second quarter and Ireland represented with a harp in the third. 

Wales was not symbolized in the Royal Standard, however that might change if the new monarch so chooses. 

King Charles III might additionally get a new personal flag, which the queen did in 1960. Elizabeth’s was a gold “E”  with the royal crown on a blue background, surrounded by roses. Charles at present has a personal flag solely for use in Wales. 

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