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What’s the meaning of ‘ER’ and what will be the symbol of King Charles III of England?

The cypher is the personal seal of the British monarch and like a host of other things will need to be updated for the new king.

A general view of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's cypher on a horse saddle in Windsor.

Alongside the paegentry and pomp of the last ten days, the United Kingdom will undergo a number of changes due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Coins will need to be changed and stamps will need to be updated. For those who haven’t lived in the UK before there is one more thing that will change due to Elizabeth II’s passing; post boxes.

This is because they bear the symbol of Queen Elizabeth II. This symbol is individual for each monarch and will need to be changed for the new King Charles III. At present, around two-third of post boxes contain the symbol of Elizabeth with the rest keeping those of prior monarchs such as George VI, Elizabeth’s father.

What does ER mean?

‘ER’ was the symbol, known as a cypher, for Queen Elizabeth. The initials stand for Elizabeth Regina, with regina being the latin word for queen.

What will King Charles II have for his cypher?

The King already revealed the new cypher at his accession ceremony on September 10. He displayed a tie pin with the new cypher ‘CR’. This stands for ‘Charles Rex’, with rex being the latin word for king.