King Charles Reveals His Royal Cipher

Design to appear across the UK, along with new money bearing his face
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2022 9:30 AM CDT
King Charles Reveals His Royal Cypher
This undated photo released by Buckingham Palace on Monday shows the new cypher that will be used by King Charles III.   (Buckingham Palace/PA via AP)

The royal monogram of King Charles III—to be used on new government buildings, passports, state documents, mailboxes, and more—has been revealed. The royal cipher features the interlinked letters "C" for Charles and "R" for Rex, the Latin word for "King," with "III" appearing at the center of the two. The monogram appears below a representation of the Tudor Crown, which also appeared in the cipher of Charles' grandfather, George VI, the last British king, per the Telegraph. Queen Elizabeth II's cipher featured an "E" and "R" for Regina, the Latin word for "Queen," with "II" appearing between the two letters, below a representation of the St. Edward's Crown used for her coronation.

Charles' cipher was chosen by the king from 10 designs prepared by the College of Arms. In the coming months and years, it will become widely used across the UK. (A version featuring the Scottish Crown will be used in Scotland.) Charles' reign will also be cemented with his portrait appearing on everyday stamps, bank notes, and coins. The bank notes are to enter circulation by mid-2024, per the BBC, while the coins—with Charles' profile facing in the opposite direction of his predecessor, in line with tradition—will be issued in line with demand, according to the Bank of England. The same goes for the new stamps, per Royal Mail. Designs are to be revealed at a later date. (More King Charles III stories.)

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