Royal Cypher

27 September 2022

Cypher of King Charles III

Charles III Cypher compressed

His Majesty the King’s Cypher was announced today.

The cypher consists of the initial of the monarch’s name, Charles, and title, Rex, the Latin for King, together with his regnal number in Roman numerals - all beneath a representation of the Crown.

The cypher is the personal property of His Majesty and the design was selected by him from a series of ten designs prepared by the College of Arms.

The form of stylised Crown used in His Majesty’s cypher is what is sometimes termed a ‘Tudor Crown’ and differs from the stylised Crown used by the late Queen Elizabeth II which, with its higher and dipping arches, was closer in form to St Edward’s Crown.

It is envisaged that the form of the Crown seen in the new cypher will be adopted as the form used in representations of the Royal Arms and in Military and Crown Badges in the new reign.

It is the intention that the new cypher and new rendering of the Crown will be introduced gradually, and generally only when equipment or uniforms which bear them needs to be replaced. This will be similar to what happened in the 1950s and 1960s as Queen Elizabeth II's cypher came to replace that of King George VI. 

DW Scottish Cypher BW Approved Version cropped

The version of the cypher shown above, for use in Scotland, has been approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms. This features the same initials and number but is beneath a representation of the Crown of Scotland.


A note on artwork for manufacturers of uniform buttons, cap badges etc.:

There will be different forms of artwork of the new cypher available from the College of Arms shortly. Please note that the black and white version of the cypher which appeared in the press on 27 September is for reproduction at very small scale only and shows 7/4/7 pearls on the Crown whereas the colour version released that day shows 9/5/9 pearls. Black and white artwork showing 9/5/9 pearls should be available from the College of Arms in the week starting 3 October.

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