King Charles: UK Unveils New Bank Notes Featuring the Image of New British Monarch

King Charles: UK Unveils New Bank Notes Featuring the Image of New British Monarch

  • New Pound Sterling notes featuring the portrait of King Charles have been unveiled by the Bank of England
  • The introduction was done on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 but circulation of the new notes starts in 2024
  • The only change to the designs of the £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes is the portrait of King Charles III

The Bank of England has introduced new banknotes featuring the image of King Charles III.

According to a BBC report, the only change to existing designs of £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes is the portrait of the new British monarch.

The new notes featuring the portrait of King Charles III will go into circulation in 2023.
The portrait of King Charles will appear twice on banknotes. Source: UGC, BBC
Source: UGC

The notes will start to enter circulation from mid-2024.

"The new notes will feature the King’s portrait on the front and in the see-through security window," reports the BBC.

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Meanwhile, existing notes featuring the portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II will still be accepted after the new notes begin to circulate.

Queen Elizabeth was the first and only monarch to appear on circulating Bank of England banknotes, starting in 1960.

Notes issued by Scottish and Northern Irish banks do not depict the monarch.

Portrait of King Charles on the new Pound Sterling.
Portrait of King Charles on the new Pound Sterling. Source: UGC, Bank of England.
Source: UGC

There are about 4.5 billion individual Bank of England notes worth about £80bn in circulation at present, according to the BBC.

Hundreds of people have been tweeting about the new notes.

Elderly King Charles III faces 'testing times'

Meanwhile, has reported in a separate story that tained from childhood to be king, Charles III endured the longest wait for the throne in British history.

But while his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1953 with huge fanfare and national excitement aged just 25, her ageing, eldest son attract less enthusiasm.

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"It will be very difficult for him in terms of following the queen," Robert Hazell, who founded the Constitution Unit at University College London, told AFP.

"The monarchy is likely to go through, I think, some testing times."

King Charles III: History Shows British Monarchs Named Charles Had A Bad Time

Meanwhile, also reported previously that historians are worried that the bad times of the previous British monarchs named Charles may rub off King Charles III.

The first King Charles was executed by his Parliament for being a tyrant and taking decisions that were not in the best interest of the people.

The second King Charles also died after a stroke and he reigned through some of the most difficult periods in British history.

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