Elizabeth II’s crown swapped for King Charles’s ‘rounded’ insignia on government websites

King Charles's Tudor Crown
King Charles's Tudor Crown
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The preferred crown symbol of King Charles III has replaced Queen Elizabeth II’s chosen insignia on the UK government website.

The King’s Tudor Crown symbol can be seen on multiple pages of the gov.uk site, with the website’s rebrand expected to be completed by March 1. The change will also be made on other government channels that use the gov.uk site logo, such as apps.

Costs to replace the logo on the UK government’s website are covered within the usual operating costs of managing the site.

The late Queen’s St Edward’s Crown will be phased out over time, and will be replaced with the more rounded crown icon that King Charles chose for his royal cypher back in 2022 when he ascended to the throne.

The cypher feature’s the King’s initial C intertwined with the letter R for Rex – Latin for King – with III within the R denoting Charles III, with the crown above the letters.

King Charles III's cypher
The cypher feature’s the King’s initial C intertwined with the letter R for Rex and III - Andrew Matthews/PA

The new crown symbol will eventually replace the late Queen’s insignia on post boxes, police uniforms, official government buildings, official documents and some clothing.

Oliver Dowden, the Deputy Prime Minister, welcomed the symbol change to reflect the King’s reign.

“Following the accession of His Majesty The King, we are updating the symbols of state to reflect the new design of the Tudor Crown,” Mr Dowden said.

“The digital realm is now an integral part of our lives, and as His Majesty’s Government, we take pride in this change to gov.uk today, honouring the chosen crown of our King.”

The move signals a shift in the monarchy, with King Charles moving away from the arches of the late Queen’s preferred curved icon.

Queen Elizabeth II’s cypher was the first to use St Edward’s crown; however, King Charles has chosen to return to his predecessor’s use of the Tudor Crown.

The Yeomen Warders of His Majesty’s Royal Palace – or Beefeaters – took up the King’s branding on their uniforms before the Coronation last year, with the royal outfits now emblazoned with CIIIR.

The King started putting his own stamp on the royal tableware used for state banquets in November.

The monarch hosted Yoon Suk Yeol, the South Korean president, at a state dinner at Buckingham Palace at the end of last year, with his CIIIR cypher added to the delicate glasses – six at each setting – and side plates of the 1953 Coronation Set, replacing the late Queen’s EIIR cypher.