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New Scottish £20 note revealed

The Royal Bank of Scotland has unveiled the design of its first £20 polymer note, featuring the image of Scottish entrepreneur Kate Cranston.

The polymer £20 note is set for issue in 2020 and will follow the £5 polymer note – which was launched in 2016 and features poet Nan Shepherd – and the £10 polymer – which was launched in 2017 and includes the portrait of scientist Mary Somerville.

Cranston is most famous for her series of tearooms across Glasgow. Her flagship venue is celebrated by designers due to its interior, which was designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The new £20 features illustrations of red squirrels on its reverse side as well as an image of the blaeberry fruit. It also includes extracts from 16th century Scottish poet Mark Alexander Boyd's work, Cupid and Venus.

Although the notes will be issued in Scotland, you should be able to use them across the rest of the UK.

What does the note look like?

Below are some images of the note:

What does the Royal Bank of Scotland say?

Speaking at the launch, Malcolm Buchanan, chair of the Scotland board at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: "Kate Cranston's legacy touches so many aspects of Scottish life that we, as a nation, are justifiably proud: entrepreneurialism, art, philanthropy and dedication.

"Choosing the design of the £20 note was an important decision, for it is Royal Bank of Scotland's biggest circulating note, with £736 million currently in circulation.

"It is fitting that such a figure as Kate Cranston will be celebrated on the face of our most popular note."