When Meghan Markle married into the British royal family, she probably knew ahead of time that she'd have a beautiful wedding dress and a sparkling tiara. But we wonder if she knew that she'd also receive two shiny new monograms.
You may recall the excitement over Kensington Palace's recent unveiling of Meghan Markle's monogram after she got hitched to Prince Harry. But turns out that was only the first round: Meghan Markle just received a second monogram, which is a joint cipher she shares with her new husband, according to People magazine. As you can see in the image below, the monogram features an intertwined "M" and "H" in the same style of writing that appears on both Meghan and Harry's individual ciphers. Above the letters is a lovely coronet, which includes crosses, strawberry leaves, and fleurs-de-lys. We sure wouldn't mind being able to sign our thank-you notes with an elegant design like this!
All of this exciting news 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.