King Charles III’s new royal cypher unveiled as mourning period for Queen ends

The King’s new cypher has been revealed ahead of the end of the official period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

The monogram of Charles III will be used on Government buildings, state documents and some post boxes, and will be rolled out over the coming months and years.

Featuring the initials C for Charles and R for Rex, meaning King in Latin, the logo also features III within the R, and a crown sat on top of the letters.

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Charles personally selected the cypher from a number of designs prepared by the College of Arms.

A version featuring the Scottish Crown was also created and approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms.

King Charles came to the throne immediately following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

The monarch passed away at the age of 96 at her residence in Balmoral after 70 years on the throne, prompting Charles and other members of the Royal Family to make the long journey to be by her side.

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Although national mourning ended after Her Majesty's funeral last week (September 19), Charles asked that a period of grief be observed by members of the Royal Family for another week – bringing the palace's official mourning period to an end today.

The process will take years to roll out – the cyphers of former monarchs can still be found on public buildings and street furniture.

The College of Arms, which designed the cyphers, was founded in 1484 and is responsible for creating and maintaining official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees.

The heralds who make up the college are members of the Royal Household and act under Crown authority.

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