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Changes that will occur in the United Kingdom with the arrival of Carlos III


The death of Queen Elizabeth II will open a new phase in the UK, beginning this Saturday with the declaration of her son, Charles III of England, as the new monarch. Many aspects of everyday British life will change from now on, such as stamps, banknotes and coins bearing the face of the king, or passports. Here are some of the details that will change from day to day in the UK:

National anthem:

Lyrics of the national anthem, the current version of which dates back to the 18th century, Will change from “God save the queen” to “God save the king”Usually only the first stanza is sung, which now goes like this:

“God protect our glorious king!”
May our great king be immortal!
May God save the king!
make it win
happy and proud,
may he have a long reign over us,
May God save the king.”

coins and stamps

Coins and notes minted from now on will feature the face of King Carlos III, although it will be a gradual process and old ones will continue to circulate until they are permanently replaced. It will not be an easy task, because according to the calculations of the British media, More than 4,500 million units of banknotes and coins bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II will have to be redesignedSo it will take about two years.

Also, it’s not just in the UK that the Queen’s face is used on coins and banknotes. also used In countries like Canada, Australia and New ZealandWhich will end up deleting your image as well.

A detail to bear in mind is that after Oliver Cromwell’s republic after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, it is customary for a monarch to face in the opposite direction to his predecessor on coins and notes. Queen Elizabeth is looking to the right, so Carlos III’s face should be depicted looking to the left,

Like coins and bills, The stamps will also be updated to include the portrait of the new king.Britain’s former public postal company, Royal Mail, has already confirmed that existing stamps featuring Queen Elizabeth II will remain valid after her death, although the monarch will no longer appear on new issues.

royal monogram and coat of arms

Another thing that will change with the arrival of the new king will be the royal monogram, which currently displays the queen’s seal “EIIR” below St. Edward’s Crown. It is one of the most repeated images in the UK as it appears on many objects, from letterboxes to police and army uniforms.

Image of a postbox in London, in which we can see the monogram of Elizabeth II. Getty

However, Royal Mail mailboxes bearing the Queen Elizabeth II code, ‘EIIR’, are unlikely to be recalled. Therefore, the new Carlos III monogram will only appear in monograms produced from now on. Some letterboxes in the UK still contain King George VI’s initial GR today, 70 years after his reign.

Those who will need the new insignia on their uniforms will be British police and soldiers, who currently wear the Queen’s monogram.

As for the coat of arms, which depicts a lion and a giant unicorn, that will also change if the new monarch decides to represent Wales.


The British passport bears the inscription: “The Secretary of State to Her Britannic Majesty has requested and demanded in Her Majesty’s name all persons who may cause them concern that they may pass freely to the carrier without hindrance or hindrance.” Let him through and give him the help and protection he needs.

Yes indeed, Newly issued passports will be revised to reflect masculine possessive pronouns in reference to the new king.However, it is entirely possible that current passports will not be updated until they expire and this change will only affect new ones issued immediately.


The Queen was the head of the Anglican Church, Recognized as the “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor” of the Church of EnglandAnd the prayer for him appears in the Book of Common Prayer, which dates back to 1662. These prayers should be changed to suit the new emperor.