Instead of “God Save the Queen,” which the vast majority of people in Britain will have grown up with, on Friday crowds greeting Charles sang “God Save the King.”
LONDON — Her name, initials and image are woven into the fabric of daily British life — on money, stamps and even cereal boxes.
But after Queen Elizabeth II’s death Thursday, her portrait, insignia or initials that have formed the backdrop of daily life in the United Kingdom for the past seven decades will be phased out and replaced by those of her oldest son, King Charles III.
Those changes will likely be disconcerting for some, even if they had never met the queen in person, said Michala Hulme, a history professor at the University of Birmingham.
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“Her death takes away that constant, reassuring notion that she’s always there,” Hulme said in an interview before the queen’s death.
“She is the only queen most of us have ever known. Politicians change, political parties change, we go through amazing things as a country or trying times, and she’s always there.”
Here is a partial list of the objects and symbols on which Charles’ semblance will replace that of his mother.
When Charles arrived at the gates of Buckingham Palace for the first time as a royal Friday, some in the gathered crowd sang the national anthem. But instead of “God Save the Queen,” which the vast majority of people in Britain will have grown up with, they sang “God Save the King.”
The anthem, originally written in the 18th century, was first adopted in the 19th century. While there are several verses, only the first is usually sung at official occasions.
The queen's official Elizabeth Regina II crest adorns British postboxes, among many other things. Matt Dunham / AP
Beloved by tourists, the red mailboxes, or postboxes as they are known in the U.K., that were created while Elizabeth was on the throne are adorned with her cypher, or monogram, E II R, identifying that she was the monarch when they were placed. Though they are increasingly rare, history lovers can still find mailboxes with the cypher of previous monarchs, including Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.
Now that Charles is on the throne, any new mailboxes will bear his cypher. Elizabeth’s cypher won’t be replaced and will remain in place, according to the Postal Museum in London.
The queen’s image is featured on all British coins and currency bills. Elizabeth was the first monarch to appear on paper money and her portrait originally appeared on the one-pound note in 1960. At the time, the drawing was criticized for being severe and unrealistic, according to the Bank of England. It has since changed, and other portraits have been more warmly received by the public.
There are currently 82 billion pounds, or $95 billion, worth of paper money in circulation, so changes to the design of the bills are likely to be made slowly. It will also take time for new bills, likely with the new monarch’s image, to be distributed and the older money with the queen’s portrait will continue to be valid.