Passports will change after the Queen's death – when and how


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Queen Elizabeth II’s death at the age of 96 marks the end of the longest reign in history. Items with her name on it will now be changed to reflect the new King Charles III.

British passports currently say: “Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”

The wording in new passports will be tweaked to change the word “her” to “his” to make it relevant to King Charles III.

But when will passports be changed?

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Passports will only change when they expire, which is usually 10 years from the date of issue.

The documents will remain valid for travel until they require renewal when the wording will likely be changed.

Passports have already undergone a recent change. Following Brexit the document became a dark blue colour rather than burgundy.

Burgundy is used by the majority of countries in the European Union so the new colour reflected the UK’s decision to leave the bloc.


But it’s not just the UK that will see its passport change following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Passports in New Zealand also contain words that reflect the Queen and will need to be changed.

New Zealand passports state: “The Governor-General in the Realm of New Zealand requests in the Name of Her Majesty the Queen all whom it may concern to allow the holder to pass without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give all lawful assistance and protection.”

The message is then repeated in Maori with Queen Elizabeth II known as ‘Kuini Erihapeti Tuaraua’.

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According to local sites, the New Zealand passport will remain valid for travel and will only be updated when it is renewed.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign was impressive for many reasons, not least for the amount of times Her Royal Highness travelled the world.

One royal expert said Her Royal Highness’s role was “revolutionised” by travel and her ability to travel the globe.

The Queen was the most travelled monarch in history and visited 117 different countries during her reign.

Her final royal tour was a trip to Malta with the Duke of Edinburgh in 2015, one of Her Majesty’s favourite destinations.

The Queen lived in Malta with Prince Philip following their marriage and had many happy memories there.

She was also the first British monarch to visit China and visited countries around the Commonwealth.

In 2002, she undertook a Golden Jubilee tour visiting Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia and more.



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