LONDON, UK – Buckingham Palace on Monday revealed the new royal figure of King Charles III, the monogram of his initials that will appear on government buildings, state documents and new mailboxes.
The cipher of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was EIIR, which stood for Queen Elizabeth II (queen in Latin).
That of Charles will be CIIIR for Charles III Rex (king in Latin), with the C intertwined with the R, the III inside the R and the crown above both letters.
A Scottish version of the figure features the Scottish crown.
The figure was designed by The College of Arms, founded in 1484 and whose job it is to create and maintain official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees.
The court post office at Buckingham Palace stamps the first mail items with “CIIIR” on Tuesday, after the end of the royal mourning for the queen, who died on 8 September at the age of 96.
The building’s post office handles around 200,000 items each year, from invitations to events, responses to public letters and postcards, and state affairs.
The new figure will be used throughout the Royal House and by government departments.
The accession to the throne of Charles, 73, has already seen an immediate change in the national anthem, from “God Save the Queen” to “God Save the King”.
Senior lawyers became “advisers to the king” (KC) instead of “advisers to the queen” (QC) for the first time since the death of the late queen’s father, King George VI, in 1952.
Other changes – from the king’s head on banknotes and coins to the wording inside passports – will gradually be introduced both in Great Britain and in the other 14 countries where he is also head of state. – Agence France-Presse