King Charles’ new monogram revealed at the end of mourning

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LONDON – King Charles III’s new monogram was unveiled on Tuesday as the official mourning period for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, came to an end.

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The emblem, known as the king’s numeral, will appear on government buildings, state documents and some mailboxes in the coming months and years.

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It contains the initial C intertwined with the letter R for Rex, the Latin word for king. The Roman numeral III sits in the center of the R and a crown floats above the letters.

Undated photo issued by Buckingham Palace of the new code to be used by King Charles III. Photo by Buckingham Palace /Handout via REUTERS

The symbol was chosen from a series of designs prepared by the College of Arms, a 500-year-old body that oversees the issuance of new coats of arms and other aspects of heraldry in England. A Scottish version of the figure features the Scottish crown and was approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms, who has similar responsibilities in Scotland.

Also on Tuesday, the Bank of England said it would unveil images of new banknotes featuring a portrait of the king by the end of this year.

Old coins and banknotes depicting Queen Elizabeth II will only be replaced as they wear out, so initially currency-bearing depictions of both monarchs will circulate simultaneously, the central bank said.

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