Camilla reveals new monogram co-designed by former monk who worked in Silicon Valley

Charles and Camilla (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Archive)
Charles and Camilla (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Archive)

Camilla’s new cypher that will appear on her personal letters and become her trademark has been revealed.

The ornate monogram was co-designed by a former Benedictine monk who later worked in America’s silicon valley.

Camilla’s monogram will feature on cards and gifts and appears more lavish than the King’s cypher, which is being used on Government buildings, state documents and new post boxes.

 (Buckingham Palace/PA)
(Buckingham Palace/PA)

Selected from a series of designs, the cypher is the Queen Consort’s personal property and is expected to be seen for the first time in public on Thursday when featured on the cross she will lay at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance.

Ewan Clayton, professor of design at the University of Sunderland, helped create the design in collaboration with the artist behind Charles’ monogram – Tim Noad, who is heraldic artist and calligrapher at the College of Arms in London.

The Queen Consort’s cypher features the initials “CR” below a representation of the Crown, incorporating C for Camilla intertwined with R for Regina – Latin for Queen.

Professor Clayton, who trained as a calligrapher, lived as a Benedictine monk at Worth Abbey in Sussex in the mid-1980s and was later hired as a consultant to work at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Laboratory, in California’s Silicon Valley, which helped develop Ethernet and the laser printer.

The academic is a core member of staff at the Royal Drawing School, which Charles helped establish, and is a visiting lecturer in calligraphy at a number of academic institutions.

mages of updated banknotes will be made public by the Bank of England at the end of this year; however, we can already see the new royal cypher for King Charles’s reign for ourselves.

The King’s new cypher includes the monarch’s initial of C combined with the letter R for Rex – Latin for king. In addition, III is tucked within the R, highlighting the title of Charles III, with the crown positioned above the letters.

The monogram is personal to Charles and was selected by the new monarch from a series of designs prepared by the College of Arms.