You may recall the excitement over Kensington Palace unveiling Meghan Markle’s monogram after she got hitched to Prince Harry. Although Jack Brooksbank didn’t earn a new title like the Duchess of Sussex, he did receive his own royal monogram after exchanging vows with Princess Eugenie back in October. The elegantly drawn initial was revealed on the couple’s beautiful wedding china. You can spot Eugenie’s monogram on its own with the image of a royal coronet, but because of Jack’s lack of a title, both his and their combined initials omit that detail. Take a look in the photos below:
.@RCT has released a new line of items to celebrate Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.— Gert's Royals (@Gertsroyals) September 28, 2018
You will notice Eugenie’s solo monogram features a crown, as she is an HRH. But the couple’s joint monogram & Jack’s solo monogram doesn’t have a crown. pic.twitter.com/cZwcvdsJl0
All of this got us thinking: What do the rest of the royal monograms look like? So we did a little digging and discovered that the royal family’s personalized monograms run the gamut, from straightforward letters to curly scripts that loop so many times you’ll go cross-eyed.
Technically, these ornate letters are actually called ciphers; a monogram requires more than one letter be intertwined to create a new design that could not stand alone if you removed one of the letters. (The terms have come to be used interchangeably, however.)
In the United Kingdom, you’ll find royal ciphers not only on official letters but also stamps and mailboxes. Though they’re not commonplace stateside, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own royal monogram. You can even add a little crown and make yourself queen for a day!
Keeping scrolling to learn more about the British monarchy’s fascinating royal family monograms.
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Meghan Markle's Monogram
Kensington Palace was the first to reveal Meghan Markle's regal monogram, which was very similar to Kate's, Harry's, and William's. Featuring a slim cursive M surmounted by a crown, Meghan's monogram seems fitting considering she dabbled in calligraphy before her marriage.
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Kate Middleton's Monogram
Kate Middleton's monogram is a cursive C positioned below a crown. The elegant-yet-understated symbol is the perfect embodiment of the Duchess of Cambridge's grace and sophistication.
Wait, but why is it a C and not a K? Kate Middleton's real name is actually Catherine. Of course, you're probably not the only person who's confused about why Kate Middleton is still called "Kate Middleton" — but the explanation makes so much sense.
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Prince Harry's Monogram
Prince Harry's monogram, like his wife's, is a thin cursive letter underneath an identical crown. Even though Harry's monogram is often printed in black, it's actually a royal blue — a tribute to his beloved mother, Princess Diana.
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Princess Diana's Monogram
Like the rest of her family, Princess Diana's monogram is a simple cursive D with a crown on top. "The People's Princess" reportedly loved writing letters — a hobby Meghan Markle shared with her mother-in-law — so her royal cipher probably ended up on the desks of many of her friends.
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Dual Cipher
If you stare at Prince Charles and Princess Diana's dual cipher too long, the lines will start to swim. Though it's a bit hard to separate the two characters, if you look closely, you can see the D and C for Diana and Charles. Above the monogram is the Prince of Wales' feathers — a badge granted to whoever is the current Prince of Wales. "Ich dein," which is written on the blue ribbon underneath the coronet translates to "I serve." (Perhaps this touch was a bit ironic, given that Diana refused to say "obey" in her wedding vows.)
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Dual Monogram
You'll notice that the cursive letters are a bit more ornate on Kate Middleton and Prince William's joint cipher. If you were ever to receive a letter from the pair — perhaps a Christmas or thank you card — it would have the couple's cipher on it.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's Dual Cipher
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's joint royal monogram features their initials — E and P —nestled under the very regal St. Edward's crown. The current version of this headpiece (the original was burned in 1649 during the English Civil War) was crafted in 1661 and became the crown royals would wear for their coronations. The St. Edward's crown is quite heavy, weighing in at a whopping 2.23 kilograms (roughly 4.9 pounds).
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Queen Elizabeth's Monogram
The E in the queen's official monogram is the same as the E in her and Prince Philip's dual cipher, but what about the R? The R stands for Regina, which means "queen" in Latin. (If it were a king's monogram, the R would stand for Rex — Latin for "king.") The Roman numerals for two signify that this is the second queen named Elizabeth. Fascinating!
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Princess Victoria's Monogram
Royal monograms have been around for centuries, and it looks like the old generations went all out on their cipher designs. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, who was later known as the Duchess of Kent, lived from 1786 to 1861. She was the mother of Queen Victoria, the monarch famously married to Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth's great-great grandmother.
Her ostentatious royal monogram is definitely hard to read. We know there's supposed to be a V in there somewhere, but we can't find it. Can you?