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Video shows how bank notes changed over the years with the Queen's face

Anish Vij

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Video shows how bank notes changed over the years with the Queen's face

The nation stood still as Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at her residence in Balmoral on Thursday (8 September).

Prince Charles ascended to the throne immediately following the death of his mother.

The change in the UK's head of state means that the Queen's royal emblems on its currency will be changed to that of the new King.

However, it's important to remember that the UK's longest Monarch reigned for 70 years and 214 days, meaning that her face often changed on the nation's currency.


A video below brilliantly shows how her royal symbol would change throughout the years.

Following the death of Her Majesty, a portrait of Charles is expected to come into circulation in a slow and steady fashion.

Once an image has been selected it will take some time for it to be printed on notes and coins.


Don't worry - your money with the Queen's image will still be worth its value.

The Queen first appeared on a banknote all the way back in 1935 when her grandfather, King George V, was the monarch.

That was the Canadian $20 note, with a picture of the young Princess Elizabeth appearing on the currency as she has done for years not only on UK money but also on notes in many Commonwealth countries.

The Queen did not actually feature on a British banknote until 1960, when her portrait appeared on the £1 note.


She has appeared on the currencies of at least 33 countries around the world, making her the world record holder for appearing on the money of most nations.

There have been five separate pictures of the Queen on coins during her reign.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II pictured in 2009. Credit: John Henshall/Alamy Stock Photo
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II pictured in 2009. Credit: John Henshall/Alamy Stock Photo

Charles, whose wife Camilla is now Queen consort, said in a written statement following the Queen's passing: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.


“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

The Queen passed away at the age of 96.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@video_grafi

Topics: The Queen, UK News, Royal Family

Anish Vij
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