Royal Mail explains what will happen to stamps featuring the Queen's face
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After the Royal Family confirmed that Queen Elizabeth had passed away peacefully at her home in Balmoral, the nation has entered a period of mourning.
Some have wondered what will happen to postage stamps in the UK – many of which bear the Queen’s face.
The Royal Mail has confirmed that such stamps ‘remain valid’ in the wake of her death, adding that previously announced ‘special stamps’ will still be issued, but that there may be changes to launch dates.
A Royal Mail statement said: “Following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Mail has confirmed that stamps bearing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II remain valid for use.
“These include definitive stamps – regular ‘everyday’ stamps – and special stamps.
“As previously announced, following the introduction of barcodes to everyday stamps, these stamps remain valid until the end of January 2023.
“All special stamps that have already been announced will be issued, although the launch dates of some may change.
“In line with past practice, following the death of a monarch all existing post boxes will remain unchanged.
“Post boxes already in production or being prepared for installation will also retain the insignia of Queen Elizabeth II.”
The company also said a gallery of stamps featuring the Queen is available on its website, adding: “No further announcements on stamps will be made before the funeral, and then only at the appropriate time, after consultation with Buckingham Palace.”
As for what will happen to the nation's cash, new currency bearing Charles' image will eventually enter circulation - slowly but steadily replacing the notes and coins bearing his late mother's face.
The first step in this transition is the selection of designs for coins and notes bearing a portrait of the new King, a process which will take time.
Once the image of King Charles III that will be on the money has been chosen, it will start to be printed on coins and notes.
From that point onwards there will be a steady and gradual change as new coins and notes with the King on them enter circulation.
Money with the Queen's image on it will still be legal tender, so the cash you have on hand isn't suddenly going to become worthless.