From the national anthem to currency: these changes will happen in the UK with a new king coming to power!


Britain's longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth II has died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after ruling for 70 years. She was 96 years old. Her death marks the end of the longest reign in the history of the United Kingdom and one of the longest reigns by any head of state.

Since becoming Queen in 1952, images and ciphers of Queen Elizabeth II have been used in most government imagery, such as coins and passports. However, now with her death and the announcement of a new king, the UK will see a lot of changes, and many images will have to be updated to reference a monarch being on the throne.


Change in the commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth was the head of the Commonwealth, which included 54 countries spread across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. Now, after her death, the post of Head of the Commonwealth will not automatically be passed to King Charles III but is likely to be elected collectively by the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

Period of mourning

The day after the death of the Queen will be a statutory holiday in Britain. The Union Jack flag will also be flown at half-mast in the UK and abroad until after the funeral. The London Stock Exchange will be closed on the day of the funeral.

Notes and coins

In the UK, all cash notes and coins depict the face of the Queen but now, new coins and cash will be made with the face of the King. The new currency will be produced and circulated in the market, the old currency will be gradually phased out.



The UK's Royal Mail is the largest mailing service in the country and features the Queen's image. For this also, now a ticket showing the face of the king will be issued.

National anthem

The British national anthem is sung in honor of the Queen with the lyrics of 'God Save the Queen. It will revert to 'God Save the King', a male emperor's version. The pronouns within the national anthem will also change. The male singing of the national anthem was last used in 1952 when George VI ascended the throne.