On 26th September, the cypher of King Charles III was revealed. The image will be used by government departments, state documents and post boxes.
The cypher features His Majesty’s initial ‘C’ intertwined with the letter ‘R’ for Rex (Latin for ‘King’). ‘III’ is shown within the letter R, all in gold to signify the third Charles in British royal history who has taken the throne.
The cypher was selected by His Majesty from a series of designs prepared by the College of Arms, the official heraldic authority, which creates coats of arms in the UK.
There is also a Scottish version of the cypher features the Scottish Crown and was approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms.
There won’t be a major change on post boxes, as there are still some boxes in use from the reign of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI.
There are almost 70,000 of the current post boxes, about 60% of the total, date from the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Mail have said the boxes that are already under construction or ready for installation will still have the late Queen’s cypher on them.
On 27th September, the first letters were franked with the new cypher of The King in the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace.
The first letters have been franked with the new cypher of The King in the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace today. ?
The cypher is the Monarch’s monogram, consisting of the initial of their name combined with an ‘R’ for Rex (Latin for King) or Regina (Latin for Queen). pic.twitter.com/xxqLcrqhbs
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 27, 2022
There have also been some further additions to mark the reign of King Charles III, such as the Bank of England stating new bank notes featuring a portrait of King Charles III are ‘expected to enter circulation by mid-2024’. The image used of the new King is to be revealed before the end of this year.
New coins will also be produced and will appear ‘in line with demand from banks and post offices’, the Royal Mint has said. There is no date yet set for them to be in circulation, but they are expected to co-exist with the coins bearing the image of the late Queen for at least a year or two, slowly replacing the old with the new.
The Royal Mint has unveiled the official coin effigy of King Charles III. His portrait will first appear on a £5 coin and 50p, commemorating the life and legacy of the late Queen.
The Latin inscription reads ‘King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith’. pic.twitter.com/OBzlNA8acm
— The Crown Chronicles (@crownchronicles) September 30, 2022