How Harry and Meghan's Monogram Rates Against Other Royals
Curly writing is de rigeur for the royals...
You know you're a bona fide paid up member of the royal family when you get your own monogram, and when you get the joint one with your husband or wife -- heck, you're positively ruling, Kween!
Meghan Markle got her own cypher days after her wedding to Prince Harry -- a cursive letter "M", and she also received her own coat of arms -- having “worked closely” with the College of Arms throughout the process to create something “personal and representative.” (If you remember, the coat of arms features a blue shield to represent “the Pacific Ocean off the California coast,” with two golden rays “symbolic of the sunshine” of California, Meghan’s home state. The three quills on the shield “represent communication and the power of words.” And don't forget the flowers -- golden poppies, which are the official California state flower, and wintersweet, which “grows at Kensington Palace”).
And now of course the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their joint monogram, which they will use on personalised stationary.
The monogram -- which combines their first initials in an elegant and romantic design —features an intertwined “H” and “M” in the same cursive style as both their individual cyphers. The joint monogram also features a coronet (consisting of crosses pattée, fleurs-de-lys, and strawberry leaves, per People), at the top of the letters. It's royal blue, as is Harry’s singular monogram, which in both cases is thought to be a tribute to Princess Diana, as royal blue was her favorite colour.
And how does it compare to the symbols that appear at the top of other royal couples’ personalized stationery?
Kate Middleton and Prince William
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s official joint cypher also features an ornate design, although their initials aren't combined like Haz and Meg. A “C” for “Catherine,” Kate’s full name, sits above a black “W,” both letters in intricate cursive. A coronet that also features crosses pattee and fleurs-de-lys, (far more detailed than Harry and Meghan’s combined design) is seen at the top.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
This monogram is also simply some initials under a crown, but the whole thing is far more elaborate than either of their sons’. The “C” for Charles and “D” for Diana are both blue, and intertwine beneath the Prince of Wales’ feathers. There are words too -- “Ich dein,” which translates to “I serve” -- written on the blue ribbon underneath the coronet.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The Queen and Prince Philip's dual monogram is pretty plain in comparison tp the others, though it does stand out thanks to its vivid colour. A very simple “E” and “P” in yellow sit side-by-side underneath the St. Edward’s crown, the 4-lb., 12-oz. headpiece that the Queen wore for her coronation ceremony in 1953.
These symbols appear on the royals' official stationary, such as that would be sent out with the family’s Christmas or thank you cards. We will expect ours shortly...
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