The new royal monogram of Charles III unveiled

The first banknotes bearing the image of the new King Charles III will enter circulation in mid-2024 in the United Kingdom, but the portrait will be revealed as soon as the end of this year, the Bank of England announced on Tuesday.

The portrait of the monarch “will appear on existing models of the four polymer banknotes“5, 10, 20 and 50 pounds,”and no further changes“will be made, according to a statement issued a week after the funeral of Elizabeth II.

In addition, banknotes bearing the image of Elizabeth II will continue to circulate in parallel and will only be withdrawn when damaged for “minimize the environmental and financial impact of the change of monarch“, following the directives of the Royal House, specifies the monetary institute.

Existing stocks of banknotes, featuring the late sovereign, will be put into circulation as planned, while new polymer currency – which has gradually replaced paper money in the UK since 2016 – will only be printed to take the place.”used banknotes and to meet any overall increase in demand“.


Buckingham Palace also unveiled the new royal monogram – the initials of Charles III – on Monday evening, which will notably be displayed on government buildings and letterboxes, and stamped on official documents. Under Elizabeth II, the monogram was “EIIR”, for Elizabeth II Regina (queen in Latin).

The royal monogram will become “CIIIR“for Charles III Rex (king in Latin). In images of the monogram unveiled by Buckingham, the C and R are intertwined and a crown floats above the initials. The couriers leaving Buckingham Palace will be flanked by the new”CIIIR“from Tuesday, the date marking the end of the royal mourning for the queen who died on September 8 at the age of 96.

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After the national anthem, now sung in its male version, “God Save The King“, many aspects of daily life in the United Kingdom will change with the accession of Charles III to the throne.

The face of the new king will thus begin to appear on currencies across the Channel, but also in other countries of the world, or even on British stamps. The names of the government of “Her Majesty” ‘His Majesty), Treasury and Customs have already become those of “His Majesty“.


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