Similarly, some police forces use the Queen’s cipher on their uniforms. The traditional domed custodian helmet—or “bobby helmet”—used by London’s Metropolitan Police and some other forces prominently features the cipher, for example, in the center of a silver insignia known as the Brunswick Star.
Police uniform suppliers contacted by WIRED did not respond to requests for comment about potential uniform changes to reflect the new monarch. “We can expect the force to go ahead after the national days of mourning, which could be in dialogue with the Cabinet Office,” a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said.
The “EIIR” symbol is well known alongside images of the Queen The famous Arnold Machin portrait Used on postage stamps, says Pauline McLaren at Royal Holloway, University of London. “It’s so strange that it fades into the background,” she adds.
But these things fade, if not completely. This has actually been happening for several decades as various countries modernized and moved away from the trappings of the British Empire. Especially in some countries of the Commonwealth the image of the Queen was once more prominent than it is today.
“At one time, you used to see the portrait of the queen in everything [Australian] The school classroom—that’s long gone,” says Cindy McCreery, a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Sydney.
But all coins and some notes in Australia, Canada and New Zealand still bear the names of some of the countries where the British monarch is the head of state. McCreary says the prospect of the most significant change in these financial instruments is a prompt to reconsider what it means to live in a monarchy. That alone fuels the debate over whether Australia should remain or withdraw as a republic.
“There was a lot, partly conscious and partly unconscious, of the reduction of royal paraphernalia and symbols,” says Peter McNally, professor emeritus at McGill University, referring to the situation in Canada, another of the kingdoms that succeeded Charles III immediately after Charles III’s death. his mother
Some in Canada draw on the monarchy to differentiate their culture from the United States, McNally noted. But not everyone likes it. Whether Charles III will appear on Canada’s $20 notes, as the queen did, seems “up in the air” during this transitional period, he said. The Bank of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint have given no indication of what will happen with these notes.