British People Want Stephen Hawking's Face On The New £50 Note

Can you name person on the £50 note? And we don't mean the lovely Queen Liz. Don't know? Well, no shame there, I can't remember the last time I saw a £50 note, I know they're pretty big and kind of pinky/red and about to become absolutely obsolete.

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Credit: PA

Currently they're also made in the old paper form and HM Treasury has decided to release a whole new polymer note and with it a new face will feature. So here at LADbible, we asked you to find out who you wanted to appear on it and the results are in.

Turns out a whopping 42 percent of you want to see the late scientist Stephen Hawking on the new note, out of over 22,000 votes.

The physicist passed away earlier this year, aged 76, but during his life he helped make huge advances in science as well as battling motor neurone disease for decades - after being told he'd only have years to live when he was in his twenties.

The renowned cosmologist was also said to have a devilish sense of humour and even once appeared The Simpsons as himself.

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Credit: PA

Princess Diana, who had her life cut short in a car accident in Paris back in 1997, was your second favourite getting 27 percent of votes.

The 'People's Princess' - as she was named back at the time of her death - was not the mother of none other than Prince's William and Harry (making her the adorable George and Charlotte's grandmother) but a huge humanitarian and especially known for her charity work, including her fight against the use of landmines.

The man who brought 'Ziggy Stardust' to life, David Bowie, passed away back in 2016, and was beloved by many for his, unarguably, immense musical talents - you all scored him 15 percent.

Of course, there has been many other suggestions including the late Baroness Margret Thatcher, Sir David Attenborough, Freddie Mercury and Barry Chuckle. Along with a few more comical suggestions such as Karl Pilkington, Gareth Southgate and Philip Scholfield.

However, one man is so dead set against having the late Prime Minister Thatcher feature that he started a petition to get Harry McGuire riding an inflatable unicorn put on the £50 note. Johnny Sharples not only set up the petition, but so far has gathered over 5,000 signatures.

The £50 note is is joining the ranks of the polymer £5 and £10 notes which are already in circulation, while a £20 design will be issued in 2020.

And just in case you were wondering, it's industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton that appears on the reverse of the current £50 note.

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Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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