the Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England He is the public figure who holds the record for images on coins or banknotes, and has appeared in Bills and coins Of the member states of the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth.
The statue of Queen Elizabeth appears on gold, silver, and even platinum and bullion coins from Fiji to Trinidad and Tobago, and from Australia to Canada.
The reason for this record is that the British monarch heads the Commonwealth, which includes 54 countries that were colonized by the United Kingdom.
As for the British pound, the Bank of England stated that existing banknotes with the image of Queen Elizabeth II would continue to be used normally.
“As the first monarch to appear on Bank of England notes, famous portraits of the Queen are synonymous with some of the most important work we do. The current Her Majesty’s Banknotes will remain legal tender. Another announcement will be made on existing Bank of England notes once the period of mourning is observed.”
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96 at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland.
Among her achievements as sovereign, her international tour in 1953, which was hardly crowned, stands out, in which she actively contributed to the promotion of the image of her country at a time when the decline of the British Empire was increasing.
He paid special attention to preservation through the Commonwealth, an organization in which he always felt a special devotion, community spirit and the symbolic rise of the Crown over its former colonies.
Despite her young age and inexperience when she acceded to the throne, Elizabeth II came over time to establish herself as the undisputed leader of the United Kingdom and the Anglican Church, as an outstanding defender of the faith.
The organization’s leaders announced at their summit in the United Kingdom that Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth II of England at the head of the Commonwealth.
Since 2018, many leaders have given their public support to Prince Charles, such as then British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau.
The Commonwealth is experiencing a moment of recent ascendancy, after Barbados decided in November 2021 that Queen Elizabeth II would no longer be its head of state.
It thus became the smallest republic in the world, a title it holds until now.
But it is not the only Caribbean country where this option has been considered. There are six other countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Their governments began procedures to renounce the monarchy or at least expressed their desire to become republics, and with them have their own head of state.
Jamaica, the most populous, has created a commission to oversee the constitutional change process. Belize allocated money in its budget to a preliminary committee and several politicians in Grenada called for a referendum.
In addition to the six mentioned, there are eight more in which Elizabeth II is the head of state: Australia, Canada, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tuvalu.
The 14 countries called “Commonwealth realms” were part of the British Empire, from which they became independent.
In it there is the figure of a “governor-general”, similar to the president of the republic, who is the representative of the queen in each state, whose power is more ceremonial than real.
The Commonwealth or British Commonwealth of the United Nations is a community of countries directly related to the United Kingdom that maintain close commercial relations and exchanges in other areas with mutual benefit as an objective.
Although Barbados is no longer a “kingdom”, it is still a member of the Commonwealth, which in total includes 54 countries, including two that were never British colonies: Mozambique and Rwanda.