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Camilla’s New Cypher is Revealed by Buckingham Palace

Town and Country 12/15/2022 Victoria Murphy

Not long after he succeeded to the throne, King Charles III's cypher was revealed by Buckingham Palace, which will appear on government buildings, state documents and some post boxes. And now, his wife Camilla’s own cypher has also been shared, made up of her initials alongside a representation of the Crown.

The Queen Consort Cypher Is Revealed © Buckingham Palace The Queen Consort Cypher Is Revealed

“The cypher is The Queen Consort’s personal property and was selected by Her Majesty from a series of designs,” the Palace said in a statement today. “It will be used by The Queen Consort on personal letterheads, cards and gifts, as well as on the cross that Her Majesty will lay at the Field of Remembrance on Thursday 10 November 2022.”

The initials CR are used to represent ‘C’ for Camilla, and ‘R’ for Regina,—Latin for Queen. The word Consort is not reflected anywhere on the cypher, amidst much discussion over whether or not the Palace will eventually drop the use of it. Just calling her Queen Camilla would be line with how the previous wives of kings have been referred to; for example Queen Elizabeth (wife of King George VI), Queen Mary (wife of King George V) and Queen Alexandra (wife of King Edward VII). When Britain has had a reigning Queen, her husband has been called a Prince because to give him the title King would mean that he would outrank his wife.

Camilla’s cypher was designed by Professor Ewan Clayton, a calligrapher on the Faculty and Academic Board of The Royal Drawing School, in collaboration with Timothy Noad, Herald Painter and Scrivener at The College of Arms.

The announcement is one of many as Britain gets used to a new era under the reign of King Charles III. Changes are being introduced to bank notes, coins and stamps across the country although ones bearing Queen Elizabeth's image will remain in circulation.

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