When George VI died in his sleep at Sandringham in the early hours of February 6, 1952, his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who was then visiting Kenya with her husband, immediately became the Queen isabel II.
The same simultaneous process will occur with the death of queen elizabeth ii and the assumption of the throne by King Charles III,” Robert Blackburn, professor of constitutional law at King’s College London, told parliament.
However, after the Queen’s record-breaking reign, it will take much longer to remove her name, image and iconography from the fabric of the national life in the uk and throughout the Commonwealth. These are some of the things that will have to change.
Flags will change after the death of Queen Elizabeth II
From the flags flown outside police stations across the UK to the standard used on a naval ship when a general is on board, it will be necessary to replace thousands of flags adorned with EIIR.
Military regiments raise aloft the “queen’s colours”, many of which are encircled with gold-embroidered EIIR; the fire service insignia which includes her initials and the countries where the Queen remained head of state, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, have what flag experts call “E Flags”, personal flags of the Queen which are They wear when visiting.
It is possible that the royal standard, the flag that flies wherever the monarch resides, could also change. The version used by the Queen includes a quarter representing Scotland (a lion rampant), one representing Ireland (a harp), and two representing England (three passing lions), but none representing Wales. The next monarch could incorporate a Welsh element.
Bank notes and coins
There are £4.5bn notes in circulation with the Queen’s face on them, worth a combined £80bn. Replacing them with alternatives featuring the new monarch’s head will likely take at least two years.
When the last synthetic £50 notes were issued, the withdrawal and replacement process took the Bank of England 16 months. When the Queen acceded to the throne in 1952, the monarch did not appear on the banknotes. That changed in 1960 when Elizabeth II’s face began to appear on £1 notes in an image created by banknote designer Robert Austin, which some criticized as being too harsh.
The The queen’s head also appears on some $20 bills in Canada, in coins in New Zealand and in all coins and banknotes issued by the Eastern Caribbean central bank.
Coin designs can be changed more slowly if historical precedent is followed: it was common to have different monarchs in the wallet, as coin change happened organically.
One of the easiest changes, in theory, will be change the lyrics of the national anthem from “God save our gracious queen” to “God save our gracious king”, although it may be a while before large crowds sing the new version with confidence. The anthem has been in use since 1745 when an earlier version read: “God save great George, our king, Long live our noble king, God save the king.”
The Queen was the “defender of the faith and supreme ruler” of the Church of England, and there are prayers to her in the Book of Common Prayer, dating from 1662. One asks God to “fill her with the grace of his Holy Spirit, so that he always bows to your will, and walks in your way.
These are expected are modified to become prayers for the new monarch. This must be done by legislation or royal order and was last done after the death of the Queen Mother. Priests can also modify the prayer for temporary use, meaning that the prayers to the monarch commonly said at Sunday services and vespers can be quickly adapted to the new defender of the faith.
In the services of Holy Communion contained in the common worship, there is a “collection” for the sovereign who asks God to “govern the heart of your chosen servant Elizabeth, our Queen and governor, so that she may seek above all things your honor and your glory. This can be changed by the General Synod.
The familiar royal arms, which feature a rampant lion and unicorn against a shield, are widely used on government premises and stationery, and any changes would be costly, but may not be necessary. It would have to change if the new monarch decided to represent Wales on the shield in accordance with any changes to the royal standard.
From the Angostura bitters company in Trinidad and Tobago to Sussex farrier Zack Treliving, the Royal authorization from the Queen currently applies to more than 600 companies they have a history of supplying to the royal house.
Brands that enjoy the use of the Queen’s crests in their marketing materials include Steinway pianos, Jordans cereals, Gordon’s gin and Swarovski jewellers, as well as plumbers, fence makers, sound engineers, hedge trimmers and millers.
After the Queen’s death, they may lose their status, unless given a new guarantee by their successor or another member of the royal family, which could become a new Prince of Wales. This may not happen quickly. When Prince Philip died, holders of royal warrants from him were given two years grace.
Mailboxes and postage stamps
It is Royal Mail letter boxes unlikely to be removed bearing the royal cipher of Queen Elizabeth, ER. Some with the King George VI GR cipher are still in use today, 70 years later. However, it will change the seals, using a profile image of the new monarch.
MPs cannot sit in the House of Commons, speak in debate, vote or receive a salary unless pledge allegiance to the crown. Since 1952, the wording has been: “I (name of member) do swear by almighty God that I will be true and faithful to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, in accordance with law. So help me God.”
Deputies and peers will have to take a new oath to their successor. New British citizens are also being asked to swear “true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and her successors”, and the Home Office is likely to change that. Scouts vow to “do my duty to the Queen”, while new members of the armed forces swear to “be faithful and show true loyalty to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and her successors”.
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The Queen’s death is a precarious moment for some of the wider realms of the Commonwealth of Great Britain (Commonwealth of Nations of Great Britain), 14 countries of which recognize the monarch as their head of state.
In many cases their constitutions establish that the Reina, specifically, is the head of state. In these countries, it will be necessary to amend the constitutions to refer to his successor. In countries like Jamaica, where there is a strong independence movement, and Belize, these constitutional changes will also require a referendum, according to Commonwealth experts. This is expected to create a moment of political danger for the new monarch, who, after Barbados became independent in 2021, could face the loss of another important part of the Caribbean Commonwealth.
Questions are also likely to arise in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines about whether the new monarch could legally appoint a governor. Generally, if the constitution of the relevant country has not been amended to refer to the King, and continues to refer to the Queen as head of state.
The Queen’s name is also included in a host of other laws that will require redraftinga process that is neither easy nor cheap, especially for smaller countries that do not employ their own legislative drafters.
Among the constitutional monarchies, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have measures for the new monarch automatically becomes head of state.
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