Does Prince William’s monogram contain an error about royal status?

Prince William’s royal status has changed since his father, King Charles, acceded to the throne, but his monogram remains the same.

The Prince of Wales, 41, headed to Wales on June 11 to learn more about seaweed innovation and traveled to Cardiff by train. In a photo shared on social media, William looks out the window during his trip with his phone and a red folder with his royal monogram, a “W” topped by a crown, on the table in front of him.

However, Prince William’s actual figure has not been updated to reflect his new status as heir apparent. Gert’s Royals He notes that William’s symbol, which he regularly uses on stationery and other official documents, still features the crown of a son of the Prince of Wales.

Before King Charles, 75, named Prince William and Kate Middleton as the new Prince and Princess of Wales a day after Queen Elizabeth’s death in September 2022, the monarch held the title of Prince of Wales as heir. In fact, Charles was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history due to his mother’s historic 70-year reign.

Although Prince William’s monogram has yet to be updated, King Charles debuted his new royal number just weeks after his accession to the throne. The monogram shows the crown above its first initial “C” intertwined with an “R” for rex (Latin for king, traditionally used for monarch since the 12th century), with “III” inside the “R.” The King’s monogram, which he chose from several created by the palace heraldry experts at the College of Arms, gradually replaced Queen Elizabeth’s “ERII” insignia on state documents, mail, mailboxes, uniforms, government buildings and more .

Queen Camilla unveiled her new cipher as queen consort in November 2022, incorporating her first initial, “C” with an “R” for regina, which is Latin for “queen.”

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The figure of King Charles in a robe during the thanksgiving service in Scotland on July 5, 2023.

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While Princess Kate, 42, has remained out of the public eye since announcing her cancer diagnosis in March, Prince William has resumed royal duties after taking time off to support his wife and children. Last week he represented his father, who is also undergoing cancer treatment, at the international commemoration ceremony in Normandy, France, for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. William joined more than 25 heads of state, members of European royalty and veterans from around the world at the key ceremony to remember the sacrifices made on June 6, 1944.

The British royal family will gather in London this weekend for Trooping the Colour, the annual celebration and parade that publicly marks the monarch’s birthday. This will be the second time the event has paid tribute to King Charles since his accession to the throne.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Prince William at a D-Day anniversary ceremony in France on June 6, 2024.