The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies

We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet Elizabeth's subjects take it very seriously -or at least the ones in the UK do. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, to be followed by a funeral and the coronation of Prince Charles.   

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A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never goes out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. -via Mental Floss


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"The Queen" showed one advantage of the monarchy when Helen Mirren tell Michael Sheen, subtly but pointedly, that she alone hold his connection to the thoughts and values of Winston Churchill.
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"The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet Elizabeth's subjects take it very seriously -or at least the ones in the UK do." Yeah, we really all don't.
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Before we went decimal in the 70's, we were quite used to seeing George V's and George VI's heads on our coins. There were even a few Victoria and Edward VII pennies (Edward VIII didn't hang around long enough for many coins with his face to be minted). I assume the same will be true with notes. Existing currency will continue to be minted and printed, and new stock will gradually replace it.
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