Buckingham Palace unveils King Charles III’s new royal cipher and the meaning behind it

King Charles III has unveiled its new royal cipher, another sign of a new chapter for the royal family.

The cipher is an emblem for the monarch that will appear on military and staff uniforms, government boxes, and state documents.

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The monogram consists of his first name initial, C, and his title initial, R – which stands for “rex,” Latin for king – along with a depiction of the crown, according to Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace unveiled Charles’ new design in his third week as king following the mourning of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

King Charles’ new cipher. Recognition: Buckingham Palace

There are some changes compared to his mother’s cipher.

Meanwhile, the R for Elizabeth was Latin for “Regina,” meaning queen.

In a different style from his mother’s simple monogram, Charles intertwined his initial ‘C’ with the ‘R’ containing ‘III’.

The cipher will be gradually replaced but will be found on all postal items leaving Buckingham Palace from Tuesday.

The monogram is on the monarch’s red box, which is a daily delivery of documents requiring the king’s signature or attention.

Queen Elizabeth’s cipher. Recognition: WPA pool/Getty Images
A post box still bearing Queen Elizabeth II’s royal cipher in Bridgetown, Barbados. Recognition: Jonathan Brady – PA Pictures/PA Images via Getty Images
Prince Harry wears a uniform bearing the royal cipher. Recognition: Getty

There is also another variant of the cipher using the Scottish crown.

According to the palace, the new king chose the design from several options created by the palace’s heraldry experts, the College of Arms.

Along with the cipher, Charles debuted his new signature, “Charles R,” on official documents and on the note that lay on his late mother’s coffin.

It’s a similar fad to his mother, who would sign off with “Elizabeth II.”

King Charles signs documents days after becoming king. Recognition: delivered

Charles is currently at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with the Queen’s consort Camilla, taking a break from the public eye after the intense period of mourning.

Her Majesty died “peacefully” at the Castle on September 8th at the age of 96.

While Charles was officially king at the moment his mother died, he won’t be officially crowned until next May or June, according to the Sun.

June is sentimental not only for Charles but also for the royal family as it marks the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on their coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953. Recognition: pressure collector/Getty Images

Planning has reportedly already begun, with a date set at Westminster Abbey, according to The Sun.

The exact date will depend on world events, but it is speculated to be June 2nd, the same date his mother was crowned.

“There is no rush for the coronation and there is a lot of planning that needs to be done. But it will be in May or June depending on what’s going on in the world,” a source told the outlet.

“It could potentially happen on the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on June 2 – that’s one thing that’s obviously being considered.

A new portrait of King Charles III shows him on official government duties from his Red Box at Buckingham Palace, London. Recognition: Victoria Jones/PA/AP

“While the family remains in official royal mourning until next Monday, nothing will be finalized any time soon.

“But everyone is aware that it has to happen next year and May or June is the preferred time.”

Like any royal event, the king’s coronation will not be easy to plan.

The royal palace must prepare for hundreds of guests and arrange the ceremonial crown, scepter and orb.

Queen Elizabeth II in her coronation crown, 1953. Recognition: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You also have to consider the weather while balancing traditional royal protocols in a modern world.

King Charles’ ceremony will likely be a much smaller event, attended by about 2,000 guests from around the world, according to royal commentator Angela Mollard.

“We already know that Charles’ plans for this coronation are that it should be shorter, simpler and more streamlined, much smaller,” Mollard said.

King Charles III has delivered his first speech since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. Recognition: AP

May to September would be ideal, the commentator said, to avoid an English winter.

“It is also preferable that the coronation takes place in the summer so the chances of good weather are better,” she added.

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