Queen Consort Camilla gets new cypher ahead of Kings’ coronation

Angela Levin shares story from Queen Consort Camilla's biography

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Buckingham Palace has revealed the new cypher of Queen Consort Camilla. This is expected to be seen in public for the first time on Thursday when featured on the cross she will lay at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance.

The cypher, featuring the Queen Consort’s monogram alongside a representation of the Crown, will be used by her on personal letterheads, cards, and gifts among other things.

It incorporates her first initial, C for Camilla, and R for Regina – Latin for Queen.

Professor Ewan Clayton, a calligrapher at the Royal Drawing School, and Timothy Noad, herald painter and scrivener at The College of Arms, co-designed the cypher which was revealed six weeks after the King’s.

Professor Clayton lived for some time as a Benedictine monk at Worth Abbey in Sussex in the mid-1980s and later works in America’s Silicon Valley.

He is now a key member of staff at the Royal Drawing School, which the King himself helped to establish in 2000.

His Majesty’s new cypher, revealed earlier this year, contains the Crown above his first initial, C, intertwined with R for Rex – Latin for King – with III inside the R.

A Scottish version features the Scottish Crown, as approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms.

The Queen Consort’s new cypher is markedly more decorative than that of the King.

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Camilla last week conducted her first audience as consort to King Charles III.

The Queen Consort met with Joseph Coelho, the Children’s Laureate, in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace last Thursday.

Camilla is a lover of literature and set up her own Reading Room online book club which became popular during the Government-imposed lockdowns.

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Later in the day, the Queen Consort and Charles visited the Africa Fashion Exhibition at the V&A Museum.

The King was also last week joined by his consort while hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Resettlement of British Asians from Uganda in the UK.

The official Royal Family website described the event as “an opportunity to reunite many of the refugees and volunteers whilst offering thanks to over 60 voluntary organisations which mobilised to provide timely humanitarian assistance”.

The new cypher was revealed as one of the Queen Consort’s friends, the comedian, broadcaster and former drag queen Paul O’Grady was named as one of seven new deputy lieutenants representing the monarch in Kent.

Mr O’Grady, now one of 63 deputy lieutenants in Kent, is an ambassador for one of Queen Camilla’s patronages, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

He has lived in Kent for 21 years and has written a book set in the county and filmed an ITV series about its coast.

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