The Queen’s royal cypher has been on our postboxes, passports, and banknotes for over 70 years, but King Charles’ new symbol will now appear all over Britain. On Saturday morning, King Charles was formally proclaimed monarch by the Accession Council at St James’ Palace in London, a historic ceremony which has taken place with every royal monarch since George I in 1714.
The former Prince of Wales wore what appears to be his new royal cypher as a tie pin during the historic ceremony.
The tie pin showed the silver jewelled letters ‘CR’, which stands for Charles Rex III, intertwined with a red and golden crown on top.
‘Rex’ means ‘king’ in Latin, and the tradition of using the initial ‘R’ goes back to at least the 12th century with King Henry I.
Queen Elizabeth II had the royal cypher ‘ER’, however, the ‘R’ stood for ‘Regina’, which means ‘Queen’ in Latin.
His Majesty used the signature ‘Charles R’ when signing his declaration on Saturday.
The new King attended a proclamation ceremony on Saturday to formally acknowledge the passing of a monarch and to proclaim a new one on behalf of the British Government.
He signed two copies of his declaration as King after he swore an oath vowing to serve the United Kingdom.
King Charles also approved certain orders, including the date of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, which has been unconfirmed to the public but is expected to be held around September 19.
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King Charles paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth after the proclamation ceremony, in which he pledged to follow her “inspiring example”.
The new monarch said: “It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother, the Queen.
“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.
“My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.”