What adjustments now that Charles is king?

Nationwide anthem

When Charles arrived on the gates of Buckingham Palace for the primary time as a royal Friday, some in  the gathered crowd sang the nationwide anthem. However as an alternative of “God Save the Queen,” which the overwhelming majority of individuals in Britain can have grown up with, they sang “God save the King.”

The anthem, initially written within the 18th century, was first adopted within the nineteenth century. Whereas there are a number of verses, solely the primary is normally sung at official events.


The Queen’s official Elizabeth Regina II crest adorns British postboxes, amongst many different issues. Matt Dunham / AP

Beloved by vacationers, the purple mailboxes, or postboxes as they’re identified within the U.Okay., that had been created whereas Elizabeth was on the throne are adorned along with her cypher, or monogram, E II R, figuring out that she was the monarch after they had been positioned. Although they’re more and more uncommon, historical past lovers can nonetheless discover mailboxes with the cypher of earlier monarchs, together with Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. 

Now that Charles is on the throne, any new mailboxes will bear his cypher. Elizabeth’s cypher gained’t get replaced and can stay in place, in response to the Postal Museum in London. 


The queen’s picture is featured on all British cash and foreign money payments. Elizabeth was the primary monarch to seem on paper cash and her portrait initially appeared on the 1-pound word in 1960. On the time, the drawing was criticized for being extreme and unrealistic, in response to the Financial institution of England. It has since modified, and different portraits have been extra warmly obtained by the general public.

There’s at present 82 billion kilos, or $95 billion, price of paper cash in circulation, so adjustments to the design of the payments are prone to be made slowly. It should additionally take time for brand new payments, seemingly with the brand new monarch’s picture, to be distributed and the older cash with the queen’s portrait will proceed to be legitimate.

On cash, the custom of utilizing the monarch’s portrait goes again centuries. Presently, the queen is pictured going through to the appropriate. There’s a custom courting again to the 1600s, nonetheless, that the brand new monarch faces the other way of the predecessor, in response to the royal household web site, so Charles will seemingly be pictured going through left.


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The Dressed Head by Arnold Machin supplied the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which was used on British stamps from 1967.Jack Taylor / Getty Photographs file

Whereas it feels regular to see the queen on stamps, she was really the primary monarch to seem on postage in 1967. Elizabeth’s silhouette faces to the left on every stamp, relatively than to the appropriate as she does on cash. It’s regarded as probably the most reproduced murals in historical past, in response to the Royal Mail, with lots of of billions of stamps printed.

After her demise, the Royal Mail assured the general public that stamps bearing the picture of the queen will stay legitimate to be used. New stamps bearing the picture of King Charles III shall be designed in session with Buckingham Palace, it added.

Authorities companies

As Britain is a constitutional monarchy, the queen or king is the determine that offers the federal government its legitimacy. One of many different foremost adjustments that shall be instantly noticeable shall be to authorities places of work, just like the courtroom system, the treasury and the tax assortment service, which shall be renamed from “Her Majesty’s” to “His Majesty’s.” For instance, as an alternative of being referred to as Her Majesty’s Courts, the pronoun will change, and the courts shall be generally known as His Majesty’s Courts. 

Items and companies

LONDON, UK - MAY 6TH 2016: A close-up of the Royal Warrant of Appointment on a jar of Heinz Tomato Ketchup isolated over a plain
The Royal Warrant of Appointment on a jar of Heinz Tomato Ketchup.Chris Dorney / Alamy

It’s not solely on official authorities items, companies and buildings that the monarch seems. Industrial items and companies that provide the royal family are in a position to apply for a royal warrant, or a mark of recognition. That implies that some manufacturers, together with Kellogg’s have a small mark on the field displaying that they’re utilized by the queen

With the queen’s demise, warrant holders can proceed to show her crest and the related wording for 2 years earlier than a evaluation of the warrant takes place. (The Royal Warrant Holders Affiliation was among the many myriad of organizations to concern a press release after the queen’s demise.)

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