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The death on Thursday of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, appeared to leave a void just about everywhere except at the top of major news outlets’ websites. To help you sift through it all, here’s a quick guide to what’s happening, what’s next and what’s on hold (spoiler: all in Britain).

Here’s what we know is changing: You already know about this one, but the UK has a new ruler. Yesterday the new King Charles III addressed the nation for the first time, promising ‘service for life’. He is meeting the Membership Council today and will be officially proclaimed monarch, an event which will be televised for the first time in history.

This brings other changes, like:

  • New money: The late Queen holds a world record for appearing on 33 currencies. UK will receive fresh money with the King’s Cup, and it will face left instead of right. However, not everyone will follow: Canada has said it has no plans to print new currency at this time. Even in the UK, bills featuring Elizabeth will remain in circulation for some time.

Even more changes strength come, however. The big leadership reshuffle has politicians and activists in remote parts of the Commonwealth, from the Caribbean to Australia, asking if now is the time to assert independence from the crown (this is how we became here).

Closer to home, Charles has long been said to be in favor of a small group of royals representing the monarchy. Stay tuned to find out what role he will give to his brother, Prince Andrew, who is said to be their mother’s favorite but also a man accused of sexual assault.

In the meantime, here is a sample of things postponed out of respect:

  • Premier League football matches believed to have been played this weekend
  • the Bank of England’s next interest rate decision
  • a postal strike
  • filming of season 6 of The crown

But the internet waits for no one…while Twitter users argued over whether it was okay to crack jokes, Wikipedia publishers immediately sprang into action. The Queen’s Wikipedia page was updated seconds after the first reliable reports of her death, and new pages about her death and reactions were uploaded within minutes. The effort paid off: Wikipedia says the queen’s article has been viewed 19.9 million times, the most views ever recorded in a single day.AR

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