From postboxes to police helmets; and passports to official documents - the royal crest, known as the royal cypher is seen all over Britain. So what will Her Majesty's ER crest change to now Charles is King?
- What will Her Majesty's ER crest change to, now that her son King Charles III has ascended to the throne?
- The royal crest, also known as the royal cypher, is seen all over the UK.
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After Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died at Balmoral Castle, aged 96, it was clear that a lot of things were going to change. The first and most obvious adjustment to the UK's monarchy is that it's got a new ruler - King Charles III. King Charles III was officially proclaimed King with the signing of a declaration in a historic royal first, but a new monarch means a lot more than who's sitting on the throne.
It turns out that something seen all over the UK, in countless iterations, is about to change - the royal cypher. So what will Her Majesty's crest change to now Charles is King?
What does ER stand for?
ER, or sometimes EIIR, stands for Elizabeth Regina - the late Queen Elizabeth II's first name followed by the Latin word for Queen. The extra letters in EIIR relate to her being Elizabeth II.
King Charles will be known as CR or CIIIR, which stands for Charles Rex - i.e. the Latin word for King - and the extra digits in the middle represent that he's the third Charles on the British throne.
His new title became official when the monarch addressed the nation before signing an oath he declared in front of the Privy Council. Members of the Privy Council, including the Prince of Wales and Camilla and Queen Consort, also signed the declaration as witnesses in a historic moment.
The moment was historic in more ways than one as it was the first time the ceremony has been televised. It was also historic in that the King was seen wearing his royal insignia for the first time - heralding in the Carolean age, as the Elizabethan age comes to a close.
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