Government website swaps out late Queen’s symbol for crown of King Charles

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 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 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 new logo chosen by King Charles III
The new logo chosen by King Charles, as it appears on the website (UK Government/PA)

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.

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.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden 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 today, honouring the chosen crown of our King.”

A comparison of the two crown icons.
A comparison of the current and previous crown logos, with the late Queen’s positioned on top and the King’s underneath (UK Government/PA)

Queen Elizabeth’s St Edward’s Crown was a symbol that she chose to continue over from the reign of her father, King George VI.

He took up the Tudor Crown as his emblem during his reign from 1936 to 1952.

Both the late Queen and King Charles III wore the St Edward’s Crown for their respective coronations in 1953 and 2023.

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 C R III.

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

The monarch hosted South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol 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.

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