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Here’s what will change following the Queen’s death

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Following the Queen’s death, here’s everything that will change

She is the only British monarch most of us ever known, and now Queen Elizabeth the second has passed away at the age of 96.

Emotional mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace in huge numbers to pay their respects, lay flowers and light candles.  They also sang ‘God Save the Queen’ in honour of the witty, genuine and caring woman who has been part of the fabric of our lives for decades.

But as Her Majesty is laid to rest, a new era begins.

When Elizabeth’s father George died on February 6 1952, the former Princess immediately became Queen. The same process has now happened with her son, Prince Charles, who takes the new title of King Charles the third.

Next are the many royal symbols which will also officially change, heralding the reign of the new monarch.

First, there’s the flags

From those flying on naval ships to the ones sitting above police stations, they will all need to be replaced. There’s also a chance that the flag which flies wherever the monarch is in residence, could also change.

The current version sports a a lion for Scotland, a harp for Ireland and three lions for England. But it fails to recognise Wales. This is because the Queen has reigned for so long, it has been in use before the country even had its own national flag.

It’s likely Charles will opt to incorporate a Welsh element. 

When it comes to bank notes, there are 4.5 billion circulating with Elizabeth’s face on them.

Replacing these will be a big task, and one which will likely take at least two years.

Then there’s this famous tune

Britain’s national anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ is now ‘God Save the King’. For 70 years, Britons have recited the same lyrics, so changing this habit might take some time.

There’s also a few changes that most of us won’t notice – like barristers who have previously held the title of Queen’s Counsellor.

As per tradition, in the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries, senior trial lawyers are known as a King’s Counsel during the reign of a king, or Queen’s Counsel during the reign of a queen.

While there’s not yet been any official indication that we will in fact see these changes, history has shown us that when a new monarch emerges, so do the tributes that appear in their honour.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche

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At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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