An article in the U.K.' Telegraph notes some displeasure at the reduced prominence of the Queen's image on the new banknotes of Bermuda. -EditorAlready reeling from the decision to scrap the Queen's birthday as an official holiday on Bermuda, monarchists on the island, Britain's most populous remaining Overseas Territory, are now dismayed that Her Majesty's head is no longer the main image on the island's bank notes.
Redesigned after more than 35 years, the new notes feature instead what officials call "a distinct Bermudian look with the use of bold colours, as well as local scenes, flora and fauna".
Pictures of HM hang in public and private houses throughout the island and one Bermudian tells me he is depressed that no one saw fit to register any objection. "There is a faction here that wants to sever our ties with Britain and I guess to appease them the Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, went along with it," he says. "Likewise Buckingham Palace and the UK Post Office." The Bermuda dollar was first issued in 1970 following the switch from sterling and is pegged to the US dollar. The new-style notes will be available for the public to use early next year, which marks the 400th anniversary of Bermuda's settlement by the Englishman Sir George Somers.
The Queen will now feature only in a much-reduced size on the front-left corner of each note, which currently comes in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
To read the complete article, see: Island's currency redesign shrinks the Queen's head (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake
Wayne Homren, Editor
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