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Queen Elizabeth II’s death: How it affected Canada’s currency, stamps, street names – National

Queen Elizabeth II has been and is a regular presence in the lives of Canadians.

Her face is engraved on our coin. It fits on a $20 bill and is printed on some of our stamps. Even buildings, parks, mountains and islands bear her name.

Here are a few things that will – or will not – change after her death:

  • Coins: The Royal Canadian Mint says all coins with the Queen’s effigy will remain legal tender and in circulation indefinitely. It noted that nicknames that resemble her father, King George VI, are still valid to this day.

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When new coins are produced, the Mint said the Canadian government will decide whether to change the image on the back (face) of the coin, where the Queen currently appears.

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“Mint must wait for Government direction on a new reverse design when there is a change to Monarch, but we will work closely with the authorities when this change is requested.”

  • $20 bill: The Bank of Canada says the current $20 polymer banknote featuring the Queen will continue to be in circulation for years to come. However, her image will eventually be replaced by that of her successor.

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“When finally redesigned, the $20 bill will continue to feature the reigning king,” the bank said.

  • Stamps: Canada Post will not say what will happen to existing stamps featuring the Queen but will presumably continue to accept stamps used after her death as legal postage.

As for whether the new king will appear on the new stamps, Canada Post said: “We have a National Advisory Committee on Stamps to evaluate and identify elements of the stamp problem. These elements are only revealed once the stamp is made public.”

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  • Buildings, places and institutions are named after the Queen: There is no reason to assume that many, if any, will change their names. After all, many buildings, places and institutions in Canada continue to bear Queen Victoria’s name more than a century after her death.
  • Canadian Armed Forces: The Queen’s Private Rifle, Canada’s oldest infantry regiment, will not change its name, in fact in honor of Queen Victoria.

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However, Queen Elizabeth’s death will have some impact on the more than a dozen regiments, military branches and other military organizations of whom the Queen has served as head or patron.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the Queen is a colonel of 12 armored and infantry regiments, including the Governor-General’s Cavalry. She holds the same title in the CAF Legal Branch and the Canadian Branch of Military Engineers and she is Captain of the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment.

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She is also a patron of a number of navy-related organizations, including the Canadian Naval Federation and the Royal Canadian Navy Goodwill Foundation.

Queen Elizabeth fulfilled these roles in her personal capacity. As a result, titles “will not automatically transfer to the new Sovereignty,” the department said.

If they choose to name a new colonel or patron, the department said each regiment or organization will have to submit a request to the new monarch, or other members of the Royal Family, for their consideration.

© 2022 Canadian Press

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