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Who will pay for the change in Monarch

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takeasadsongandmakeitbetter · 09/09/2022 21:48

I'm not a royalist but I'm certainly not hugely offended by the idea of the royal family either.

My question isn't so much about whether the royal family is a lovely thing to have or is outdated but about who will now pay for these changes?

In light of the passing of the Queen I understand (from various news websites) that all of our currency will be changed, as will flags and even postboxes etc. Who will it for this? Surely it will cost a huge amount.

At a time when people are being crippled by the cost of living increase, we have a housing crisis, people are struggling to afford the ridiculous energy bills and even put food on the table for their children. The NHS is at breaking point and covid has screwed us all too...

So AIBU to wonder who will pay? And if it is to be the taxpayers to think that is absolutely awful. Surely even those devoted subject of the royal family would at least think that the late queen would not think it correctly to literally throw money away for such a trivial thing when we are
In such a financial mess?

And if it isn't the taxpayer... why can't this money that's been sat on have been used for better reasons? Do the royal family not want to help their subjects? Is it really necessary for the to be so wealthy?

Genuinely interested in peoples opinions and not looking to offend

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takeasadsongandmakeitbetter · 09/09/2022 21:50

Typos dues to BF a wriggly baby but hopefully my post is legible!

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oldestmumaintheworld · 09/09/2022 21:50

You need to stop worrying about this. Check out the BBC website. It explains that this isn't going to be an issue.

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NuffSaidSam · 09/09/2022 21:51

From what I read on the BBC it's all going to change incredibly slowly i.e. as it gets replaced anyway, like passports and Brexit.

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BigBearLittleBear · 09/09/2022 21:52

It’s going be phased in over ages. I’m old enough to remember coins with the King’s head in circulation decades after he died.

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Snozzlemaid · 09/09/2022 21:52

They're not going to replace all postboxes. New ones installed from now on will just have new initials on.
Likewise money will now be printed with Charles' image but the existing ones with the Queen on will stay in use until their natural end of use.
I'm not sure what flags would be changed?

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BonnesVacances · 09/09/2022 21:53

I don't understand this thought process. Who genuinely thinks we're now going to collect up all the currency and reissue it with Charles's head on it? And reissue passports and replace post boxes? Christ on a bike!

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SoupDragon · 09/09/2022 21:53

Only new post boxes will have CR on them, they aren't going to go round and replace them all. Some of them are still VR or GR!

currency will just be changed as and when it is due to be replaced anyway.

why do flags need to be changed?

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FuzzyAndBlue · 09/09/2022 21:54

What! You can't possibly believe they are going to flatten all the post boxes with a steamroller and withdraw all the coins from circulation and melt them into Charles coins. Confused That would be ridiculous.

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worriedatthistime · 09/09/2022 21:54

It will get changed as things need to like before

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HaudYerWheeshtYaWeeBellend · 09/09/2022 21:55

Before posting this OP, could you not have done your own research?

The answer to your question is literally all over the news.

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RoseAndRose · 09/09/2022 21:55

It changes going forward - so each new issue will be in the new version.

Thet don't destroy the old stuff.

So no, no extra cost - just renewal as happens all the time

Coins with the head of George VI were in circulation for a decade or more after the end of his reign, and there are still Victorian postboxes dotted round the place

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BaconandCheese · 09/09/2022 21:56

Lol, you seriously believe that post boxes, coins etc will immediately all be withdrawn and replaced for the new King? 😂

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ApolloandDaphne · 09/09/2022 21:56

It won't cost loads as things will be changed bit by bit over time when things need to be changed. There are still a number of pre Queen post boxes in existence.

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Whataretheodds · 09/09/2022 21:56

There is a massive replacement of official stationery which will need to be paid for as it has to be done quickly (apparently unlike bank notes and post boxes) and the coronation won't be cheap.

Not sure whether provision has been made from tax receipts recently given the Queen's age.

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fyn · 09/09/2022 21:57

I’d imagine a lot of it will be paid for with money from the Crown Estate with the Sovereign Grant. The income from the Crown Estates goes to the treasury and then a proportion is given to the monarchy for expenses. The vast majority of this is upkeep of the palaces then things like staff, travel.

The figure that is banded about about each taxpayer paying £1 isn’t a true representation, it comes from the income of the Crown Estates, not your personal tax money.

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Everylittlethingsgonnabealright · 09/09/2022 21:58

There’s still a few postboxes kicking about with King George’s crest on them.

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FitAt50 · 09/09/2022 21:58

HaudYerWheeshtYaWeeBellend · 09/09/2022 21:55

Before posting this OP, could you not have done your own research?

The answer to your question is literally all over the news.

Research and Mumsnet don't go together.

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takeasadsongandmakeitbetter · 09/09/2022 21:59

Thanks is for the genuine replies and sorry for those who were irritated by my question.

One article was saying the currency would take two years to change so I was wondering why on earth the rush. Makes sense that it will all be phased and interesting about the coronation and treasury etc.

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NuffSaidSam · 09/09/2022 22:02

FitAt50 · 09/09/2022 21:58

Research and Mumsnet don't go together.

But that's sort of the point isn't it? It's for chat.

I mean you could solve all problems without the use of Mumsnet. There are websites for baby names and recipes and skincare advice and party bag ideas and news and book recommendations and travel and....well absolutely everything.

Sometimes people want a chat. It's why Mumsnet works.

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takeasadsongandmakeitbetter · 09/09/2022 22:04

NuffSaidSam

Thanks, I think some people are just feeling a bit argumentative today 🙄

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takeasadsongandmakeitbetter · 09/09/2022 22:06
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mswales · 09/09/2022 22:10

What's actually going to be hugely expensive is the succession/coronation with all its endless archaic rituals, all the security and travel required, etc etc. It's going to cost hundreds of millions of pounds and yes of course the taxpayer is going to pay, who else?

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listsandbudgets · 09/09/2022 22:10

It won't be overnight. You're not going to go to the post office next week and exchange all your Queen Elizabeth II ten pound notes for King Charles III ones. It will be phased in - the Royal Mint and Royal Mail will stop printing one type and move to the next.

I'm old enough to remember using pre decimal coinage which remained in circulation for years - the 1 and 2 shilllings became 5 and 10p and were only eventually withdrawn in 1990

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LoopyGremlin · 09/09/2022 22:15

True @SoupDragon I just noticed today that my local postbox is still GR so is over 70 years old and hasn’t been replaced!

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ElnoraComstock · 09/09/2022 22:15

Of course they won't change the post boxes! Have you never noticed the many hundreds of post boxes with 'GR' and even 'VR' on the front???

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