The news of the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the new heir to the throne, Charles III, is perhaps all over the world. Now Prince Charles, son of the deceased, has become a full-fledged monarch and taken a new name, Charles III. In addition to changing his title and name, the new monarch has also changed his personal monogram.
First of all, it should be noted that His Majesty’s monogram is a mandatory attribute of the King’s official correspondence and has the same legal effect as his personal seal and signature. In addition, the personal monogram is often used to decorate rooms, stamps, banknotes, coins and so on. For example, when a letterbox is installed, the personal monogram of the reigning monarch is necessarily displayed on it. In other words, this symbol has not only heraldic value but also great legal significance.
All monograms of members of the royal family have the same style and crown. This is a long-standing tradition that emphasizes belonging to the ruling dynasty and the special importance of family ties. Depending on the title, the look of the crown may vary. And the heraldic symbols for the royal family are created by the chief heralds of the United Kingdom at court. They also form the House of Heraldry which regulates all matters relating to the ancestral and territorial heraldry of Great Britain.
The new monogram of Charles III consists of several symbols indicating throne name and status. The initials C and R stand for Charles Rex and the Roman numeral III is the ruler’s serial number. The prefix “Rex” translates from Latin as King and is an obligatory attribute of the ruler’s monogram.
The new monogram can already be found on documents signed by His Majesty as well as on new coins and postage stamps. In addition, a variety of items decorated with the new ruler’s monogram are appearing in shops, from cufflinks to door locks.
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