Royal Family shares exciting update of historic first and meaning behind King’s new cypher


The monarch’s cypher is chosen by the sovereign, and will slowly be phased into use.

This letter denotes the Latin term for King, “Rex”, or for Queen, “Regina”.

It also incorporates the symbols showing Charles to be the third King to bear his regnal name.

A crown hovers above the letters in the new design.

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The cypher bears the monogram of the monarch (Image: Getty)

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An envelope franked in the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace (Image: Getty)

A separate version exists for Scotland, bearing the Scottish Crown.

The image will be seen on letters from Government departments and on some postboxes.

The design was picked personally by the sovereign out of a collection presented by the College of Arms.

The account added that the tradition of having a franking stamp unique to the monarch can be traced back to Edward VII in 1901.


The image will be seen on letters from Government departments and on some postboxes (Image: Getty)

He was “instrumental in setting up the Court Post Offices in Buckingham Palace”, the account posted.

It continued: “The cypher was introduced at a time when the Monarch was seen by very few people, to create identity.”

This coincides with the announcement by Royal Mail that four new stamps marking the Queen’s reign will be made available to the public later this year.

The stamps will take the form of portraits of the Queen, and have been approved by the King.

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The Queen’s cypher will still appear in many places as Charles’ is phased in (Image: Getty)

The portraits were taken in 1952, 1968, 1984 and 1996.

They were approved by the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee back in 2002.

The postal service has also said that stamps featuring the new sovereign will “enter circulation once current stocks of stamps are exhausted”.

The portrait that is to appear on the notes will be unveiled later this year.

The Royal Mint has also said new coins will become available “in line with demand from banks and post offices”.

But all coins and notes bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II will still be valid as legal tender.


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