King Charles will use George V’s red box, as will Queen Elizabeth

Not all red boxes used by the royals and government can be repurposed, but some are in good condition to be given a new lease of life.

The King’s encypher will feature extensively on government shipping boxes and other official items made by Barrow Hepburn & Gale.

The cost of the boxes is never disclosed by the company, although restoring existing boxes is cheaper than buying new ones.

On its website, Barrow Hepburn & Gale says its boxes “follow their holder around the world and ensure they can carry out their office responsibilities.”

It adds: “Wherever in the world the Sovereign or Minister is, the red box is close by.

“Our shipping boxes not only have an elegant design, but are also functional and safe.”

The king is expected to receive a dozen boxes over a period of several months.

In a Facebook social media post in September 2015, the royal family’s account said the late Queen received red boxes every day of her reign, including weekends, but not on Christmas Day.

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