Buckingham Palace has released details of the new royal cypher created by the College of Arms for King Charles III.
The King chose a cypher with a monogram containing the letters “C” and “R” for Rex Charles, and the roman numerals III meaning “the third”, for King Charles the third.
King Charles III
The monogram is surmounted by the Tudor Crown, referring to both the British monarch and the crown from which he receives the sovereign source of his governmental authority.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, the College of Arms produced a series of cyphers for the King to personally pick from for his ascension to the throne, which will take place later this year.
The King’s cypher will appear on government buildings, state documents and on some post boxes. It is used by government departments and by the Royal Household for franking mail.
The decision to replace cyphers will be at the discretion of individual organisations, and the process will be gradual.
A Scottish version of the cypher (below) features the Scottish Crown, approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms.
The new cypher will replace the Queen’s E II R for Regina Elizabeth II and will be seen on state documents, official buildings, and post boxes around the country for the weeks and years to come.
A cypher is typically a secret or disguised way or writing or a code, but in this case, the royal cypher is an easily recognisable heraldic symbol meant representing the monarch.
Eco friendly stamps decision
The Royal Mail will reveal the image and timings of the new Definitive stamps and the new silhouette of King Charles in due course, and said waste concerns and the environment meant the old stock of stamps featuring the Queen will be allowed to run their course.
“In line with guidance from the Royal Household, to minimise the environmental and financial impact of the change of monarch, existing stocks of Definitive stamps that feature The Late Queen and the Special Stamps which use her silhouette, will be distributed and issued as planned”, the Royal Mail wrote in a statement.
“The launch dates of some of the Special Stamps may change. Details will be made available at the appropriate time.
“New stamps featuring King Charles will enter circulation once current stocks of stamps are exhausted.”
Royal Mail is also advising that stamps bearing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II remain valid for use.