Not only will there be a new royal leader for the UK after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but things across the country – from the national anthem to money – will also change.
After the monarch’s death was announced on Thursday, his eldest son and heir Prince Charles, 73, became King Charles III.
Plans had been underway for years for the Queen’s death, known as Operation London Bridge, as well as plans to begin the King’s reign, known as Operation Spring Tide. But there are still things that will change in the days, months and maybe years to come. Here are some things that should be different in the UK:
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The National anthem
The national anthem of the United Kingdom is “God Save the Queen”. With Charles on the throne, the name will become “God Save the King”.
All the lyrics will remain the same, except that mentions of the queen will change to “king”. All pronouns in the anthem will also be replaced with “he” and “him”.
Example: “God save the queen, send her victorious” will be “God save the king, send him victorious”.
All currencies of the United Kingdom, known as the pound sterling, feature the Queen’s portrait, which will eventually be replaced by the King’s portrait. The Guardian reports that around 4.5 billion banknotes are in circulation with the Queen’s portrait, and it would be at least two years before the King would appear on them.
The Queen also appears on some banknotes and coins in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, but the status of the new portraits is unclear in these countries.
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The Queen also features on stamps, which will soon feature the King as the old ones fade away.
Mailboxes across the UK indicate that the EIIR, which is Elizabeth II Regina’s cipher, is unlikely to be replaced or removed. Instead, when new ones are created, they will have the king cipher.
Flags across the country at police stations, government buildings and other places that have the Queen’s cipher will need to be replaced. The new logo, as well as colors, have not been announced.
It’s also possible that the standard royal flag, the one that flies over a building whenever the head of the royal family is in residence, could change. Another flag that could change is the Queen’s Colors flag.
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Besides the title of Charles, many titles in the royal family also change. King Charles III’s wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is now 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.
Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left the royal family, there is a chance that their children, Archie and Lilibet, will receive the titles of prince and princess.
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