On coins, banknotes, stamps, passports… The face of Queen Elizabeth II figures in many aspects of daily life in the United Kingdom which, together with the national anthem or even police helmets, should be modified with the arrival to the throne of Carlos III.
The face of the new king will replace that of his mother not only on the coins and banknotes of the United Kingdom, but also of other countries in the world such as the Eastern Caribbean Islands, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Also in the islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Man, as well as the Malvinas, Gibraltar and Saint Helena, all of them dependent on the British Crown.
In 1936, during the 326-day reign of King Edward VIII, coins were minted, but the monarch abdicated before they were put into circulation.
But beyond the money, the face of Elizabeth II also appears on the stamps, while the letters EIIR, for Elizabeth II Regina, appear on all the mailboxes, which must be modified, as well as the distinctive helmets of the police, which include the same letters.
Changes in the anthem: “God save the King”
From now on, British citizens will have to make an effort when they sing the famous national anthem, the lyrics of which will be modified to masculinize it and correctly pronounce “God Save the King”, instead of “God save the Queen”, as has been sung since 1952.
Although the effort will not be his alone, as this is one of two national anthems also of New Zealand and the royal anthem of Australia and Canada, which have their own national anthems.
Passports will also be changed, both the text on the inside cover, issued in the name of the crown, and the similar inscription that appears on the inside of Australian, Canadian and New Zealand passports.
The toasts, in the name of the king
And the celebrations? In official acts, glasses will be raised in the name of the king, not the queen. The names of the “government of his majesty”, of the treasury and of the customs will become “her majesty’s” to “his majesty’s”.
Likewise, it will be “the king’s speech”, and not the queen’s, that opens the parliamentary sessions by presenting the future government program. In the same way they will change the name of “the queen’s guard”, photographed ad nauseam by tourists in front of Buckingham Palace.
The police will no longer keep the queen’s peace, but the king’s, and the senior lawyers will go from QC (Queen’s counsel) to KC (King’s counsel). In the army, new recruits will no longer take “the queen’s shilling” on enlistment, as per the formula. Nor will they have to submit to the rules of the queen.
will also masculinize the name of “Her Majesty’s Theatre”, theater in London’s famous West End, where The Phantom of the Opera has been performed since 1986. And those who aspire to speak English with the most elegant accent possible, known as “the queen’s English”, will now have to try to speak “the King’s English» Carlos III.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism