The Bank of Canada says the current polymer $20 bill featuring the Queen will be in circulation for many years to come. (Photo: 123RF)
Ottawa – Queen Elizabeth II has always been a part of Canadian life.
His face is engraved on our coins. It graces the $20 bill and appears on some of our stamps. Buildings, parks, mountains and islands also bear his name.
Here’s a look at some of the things that may or may not change after his death:
The Royal Canadian Mint says all coins engraved with the Queen’s likeness are legal tender and will remain in circulation indefinitely. She notes that five cent coins bearing the likeness of her father, King George VI, are still legal tender today.
When new coins are produced, the Royal Canadian Mint says it’s up to the Canadian government to decide whether to change the image on the obverse [côté tête] Rooms where the Queen is currently performing.
“The Mint should await government guidance on a new obverse design if a change of monarch occurs, but we will be working closely with the relevant authorities if that change is requested,” it reads.
The Bank of Canada says the current polymer $20 bill featuring the Queen will be in circulation for many years to come. However, his image will eventually be replaced by that of his successor.
“Following the final redesign, the $20 bill will continue to represent the reigning monarch,” the bank said.
Canada Post is not saying what will happen to existing stamps bearing the Queen, but will likely continue to accept those to be used as legal postage after her death.
Regarding whether the image of the new monarch will appear on the new stamps, Canada Post says: “We have a National Stamp Advisory Committee that evaluates and determines the elements of the stamp issues. These elements will not be disclosed until the stamp is publicly announced.”
Buildings, places, and organizations named after the Queen
There’s no reason to assume many – if any – will change their names. After all, many buildings, places and organizations in Canada continue to bear Queen Victoria’s name more than a century after her death.
Canadian Armed Forces
The Queen’s Own Rifles, Canada’s oldest infantry regiment, will not change their name, which is actually in honor of Queen Victoria.
However, Queen Elizabeth’s death will have repercussions for more than a dozen other regiments, military branches and military organizations of which the Queen has served as titular head or patroness.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the Queen is Colonel of 12 armored and infantry regiments, including the Governor-General’s Horse Guards. She holds the same title in the Legal Department of the CAF and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch and is Captain General of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
She is also a patron of several naval-related organizations, including the Navy League of Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy Benevolent Fund.
Queen Elizabeth fulfilled these roles in her personal capacity. Therefore, the titles “will not be automatically transferred to the new sovereign,” the ministry says.
If they choose to appoint a new colonel or patron, the ministry says each regiment or organization must submit an application to the new monarch or other members of the royal family for consideration.