Canada to keep Queen’s face on its dosh and use the notes ‘for years to come’

A Bank of Canada spokesman has insisted that the Queen's face will continue to adorn the country's $20 bank notes.

The former British colony has a new head of state in King Charles III following the death of his mother on Thursday.

But it has been confirmed that the long-reigning monarch, who was 96 when her 70 years as sovereign came to an end, will still appear on Canada's currency.

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The Queen's image can currently be seen on coins and the plastic-based $20 notes that first came into circulation 11 years ago in 2011.

In a statement, the central bank confirmed that there are no plans to replace the Queen on the notes with her eldest son, adding that any decision of that nature would need to be made by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s government.

Paul Badertscher, a spokesman for the Bank of Canada, said: "The current polymer $20 bank note is intended to circulate for years to come. There is no legislative requirement to change the design within a prescribed period when the Monarch changes.

"As always, the Minister of Finance is responsible for approving the form and material of any new bank note, including the portrait subject."

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There has been no comment made as yet from Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland or her office regarding any potential changes to the design of future currency.

The Queen, who died peacefully at her Scottish estate in Balmoral, conducted 23 official tours of Canada during her life from 1951 – the year before she ascended the throne – to her last trip in 2010 when she visited Ontario and Manitoba.

She was shown around the Canadian Museum of Nature and met with then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, before also enjoying the festivities for Canada Day on Parliament Hill with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

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