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When Will Charles Replace the Queen on Cash?

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A selection of British bank notes and coins featuring the Queen Elizabeth II
Not so fast: With 4.5 billion banknotes bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II, it’s expected that the transition will take 2 years to complete | Photo: Suzy Hazelwood

As well as being a constant presence in the lives of British people and those in the 14 other commonwealth countries, the visage of the late Queen Elizabeth II was a constant presence in our wallets and, despite the largely cashless society we now live in, currency bearing the Queen’s image can be found as legal tender around the world.

Now that the funeral service has been conducted, and her son, Charles III has been named King, with a coronation to take place at some time in 2023, let’s speculate on some of the changes that might take place around the UK and the commonwealth, and the ripple effects they will have in areas as large as the country of Canada to something as small as, well, a postage stamp.

The King’s Head – What Happens Now with Stamps and Money?                        

The Bank of England offered a message of condolence to the royal family and said they won’t comment on how the King’s image will enter circulation until after the funeral. With 4.5 billion banknotes bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II, it’s expected that the transition will take 2 years to complete. The existing notes will remain legal tender until they are phased out.

In other commonwealth realms, such as Canada, whose $20 notes bear the Queen’s image, it’s difficult to say. The note, made from synthetic polymer, is expected ‘to circulate for years to come’.

New Zealand has indicated they will hold off on changing the image on their coinage for several years, until new coins are necessary, and that their $20 banknote will continue circulation until stocks are exhausted.

It’s also yet to be confirmed whether the notes of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, which bear the Queens visage, will be changed, given that they too introduced new polymer banknotes in 2019.

As for stamps – they’re expected to be changed right away – with barcoded stamps baring the Queen’s image remaining valid until the end of January 2023. And post boxes, commonly featuring the Queen’s cypher, will go unchanged. It’s a precedent made clear by the fact that the remaining post boxes featuring her father’s cypher see continued use.

What Kind of King Will Charles III Be?

People have said in regards to the Queen’s legacy that she never put a foot wrong – now, whether or not you agree with that, you have to bear in mind that she ascended to the throne aged 25, and from then on was bound to perpetual silence on constitutional matters.

It was a responsibility she saw as vital to preserving the monarchy – and despite prime ministers constantly clawing for her two pennies on issues like Scottish independence or Brexit, she never gave them.

Charles, on the other hand, has had a lifetime’s worth of offhand comments that the press have been more than happy to spin into endorsements and dismissals of various causes. There was some doubt into whether he’d take the title of ‘defender of the faith’, as he values interfaith dialogue – the ‘faith’ in question refers to the protestant Anglican church.

We also know he’s worried about climate change – and apparently getting shot, according to the film The Queen, although in 1994 when an Australian, disgruntled about refugee camps, rushed the stage to pop off a couple of blanks at the future king, he reacted with what was either total bemusement or an unflinching hard man attitude akin to fellow countrymen Ray Winstone and Vinnie Jones.

And why Charles III anyway? The title is in reference to the previous two Stuart kings sharing his namesake. The Stuarts have a legacy that can be charitably described as ‘mixed’ –  Charles I was defeated in the first of the English civil wars by parliamentarian Oliver Cromwell, who made his own mark on the King’s head by chopping it off. Charles II restored the monarchy, continuing the line toward where it is today.

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The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project announces 50 nominees

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Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project
Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day 2023, Häagen-Dazs launched ‘The Rose Project’, a global initiative with a $100,000 (USD) bursary grant inviting nominations to recognise unsung trailblazing women in honour of the brand’s female co-founder Rose Mattus. Yesterday, 23 November, on what would have been Rose Mattus’ birthday, Häagen-Dazs announced the top 50 #WomenWhoDontHoldBack nominees being shortlisted for their achievements and its five globally accomplished Häagen-Dazs Rose Project judges.

Over 2,500 applications were received for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project putting forward pioneering efforts and societal contributions made by women across the globe. From these, 50 talented and inspirational women have been shortlisted and will be put forward to win one of five monetary grants of $20,000 (USD), which will be announced on International Women’s Day 2024, to continue their exceptional work, unleash their potential or give to a cause they are passionate about. The top 50 shortlist includes women from 17 countries hailing from across Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Australia and the Americas.

The all-female judging panel from across the world has been handpicked for the final selection stage of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project includes. UK-based author, broadcaster and philanthropist Katie Piper, fashion entrepreneur and advocate for women’s fertility issues, Velda Tan from Singapore and Spanish entrepreneur and creative director Inés Arroyo, are amongst the judges.

“International Women’s Day 2023 marked the launch of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project to honour the legacy of our co-founder, Rose Mattus, and create a fund platform to provide opportunities to women across all fields around the world who are truly deserving of support and recognition. We were thrilled to receive thousands of nominations across countries and our #WomenWhoDontHoldBack Top 50 shortlist is a compelling and diverse mosaic of trailblazing female narratives that moved us and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere”, says Aurélie Lory, Häagen-Dazs spokesperson.

To find out more about the story of each entrepreneur shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project, visit: https://iwd.haagen-dazs.global/en/.

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47% of women feel their workplace is not combatting inequality

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Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 | Photo: Eóin Noonan/Web Summit

The proportion of women who feel that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality has nearly doubled in a year, a new survey has revealed.

Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event taking place in Lisbon this week, has released its third annual State of Gender Equity in Tech report, which is based on a survey distributed among its women in tech community.

76.1 percent of respondents feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position; fewer respondents (41.8 %) feel the need to choose between family and career when compared to 2022 (50.4 %); and there is at least one woman in a senior management position in 80.4 percent of respondents’ companies, a similar proportion to last year (81.3%).

The survey found that 70.5 percent of respondents feel pressure to prove their worth compared to male counterparts, while 77.2 percent feel they need to work harder to prove themselves because of their gender.

Over three quarters of respondents (76.1 %) feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position. And almost half of respondents think that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality, increasing from 26 percent in 2022 to 47
percent in 2023.

“While it is encouraging to see progress in some areas, such as those feeling the need to choose between their family and career, there are also some deeply concerning trends within this report. Seeing an increase in those who report having experienced sexism in the workplace in the last year is disheartening in 2023. We hope that this kind of research can breed some positives, and that it will push workplaces – and women within these workplaces – to broach these topics and make progress in these areas,” said Carolyn Quinlan, VP of community at Web Summit.

Last year, 42 percent of attendees at Web Summit were women and 33 percent of speakers were women. In 2023 these numbers have slightly improved with 43 percent of attendees and 38 percent of speakers on stage being women this year.

The women in tech programme at this year’s Web Summit is at capacity, and the women in tech programme at Web Summit Rio 2023 reached capacity in record time.

The WebSummit 2023 is running from November 13th to 16th in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Krispy Kreme to give away free donuts on World Kindness Day

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The company, founded in 1937, is giving away 60,000 free doughnuts around the world today | Photo: Clément Proust

American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, Krispy Kreme, is celebrating “World Kindness Day” today by distributing free donuts in the US and the UK.

The chain is giving away a box of a dozen glazed donuts for free with no purchase necessary. But only the first 500 guests that visit each participating Krispy Kreme US stores on “World Kindness Day”, Monday November 13th, will be able to get a free box of donuts.

Krispy Kreme often gives away free or discounted donuts to generate buzz on special occasions. The company, founded in 1937, traditionally gives out free donuts to customers on National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June of each year. And in July, a dozen of glazed donuts were sold for 86 cents to celebrate its 86th birthday.

Thousands of free donuts are also expected to be given away today across Krispy Kreme stores in the United Kingdom, with customers being encouraged to ask for the World Kindness Day offer. No purchase necessary.

The company, which operates in over 30 countries around the world, said it wants the brand associated with World Kindness Day to make “meaningful connections” with customers.

“World Kindness Day is an opportunity to make a positive difference by being generous,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s global chief brand officer, said in a release. “Simple gestures of caring and thanks, including sharing a sweet treat, is a great way to do that.”

Krispy Kreme said that it’s considering expanding a limited partnership it has with McDonald’s to sell more of its donuts at the latter’s location.

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