'No!' King Charles dealt major blow as Canadians oppose putting monarch's face on money

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King Charles III was dealt a major blow after a majority of people in Canada voiced their opposition to putting the new monarch’s face on the nation’s dollar bills. A new opinion poll conducted by Pollara found that 56 percent of Canadians would oppose using Charles’ face.

Just 24 percent claimed they would support putting the King’s face on the national currency and one-in-five respondents said they were unsure.  

The issue about whether King Charles’ face would feature on the Canadian $20 bill arose after experts suggested the matter was up for the Government in Ottawa.

Bank of Canada spokesperson Paul Badertscher 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.”

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He added: “As always, the Minister of Finance is responsible for approving the form and material of any new bank note, including the portrait subject.”

Alex Reeves, senior manager of public affairs for the Royal Canadian Mint, also claimed: “The Government of Canada has exclusive jurisdiction over the design of Canadian coins.”

Charles became King after Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully aged 96 at Balmoral last Thursday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the world leaders to pay tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

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He said: “On September 19, Canadians from across the country will pay their respects to Canada’s longest-reigning sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

However, Charles could face a further Commonwealth blow after Antigua and Barbuda said it will hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years. 

The announcement comes less than a year after Barbados severed ties with the British crown.

Express.co.uk has approached the Canadian Finance Ministry for comment. 

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