Our post awhile back on the art of royal signatures was such a hit that we thought we’d branch out and talk about royal monograms. There are just so many to choose from that we haven’t rounded up ALL of them but instead have focused on the ones that are most interesting to us.
Hopefully they’ll be the ones that are most interesting to you, too.
Diana Princesss of Wales
Let’s start with Diana, Princess of Wales
Her monogram really stands to me since the cursive D reflects her loopy (for lack of a better word) handwriting.
Here is a sample of her writing on a KP notecard. See what I mean?
And because we’re all over this stuff, check this out. While Diana was living at Coleherne Court in the days before she became engaged to Charles, she has personalized stationary with the apartment’s address and phone number. She really appreciated proper stationery and must have really have loved that D with the coronet!.
Kate is up next.
The Duchess of Cambridge
I can’t help but wonder how this went down…did Catherine/Kate have a few monogramoptions presented to her before she settled on this monogram? Or was it more of a “here you go, this will be your monogram” situation? Whatever the case, it seems like that would have been a fun and surreal moment. And she got the same type of crown as Diana.
The monogram has already shown up on this special bracelet which is reported to be from Camilla thought that has not been officially confirmed. I like to think that it was a gift from Charles to both the “C” ladies in his family since the other side of the charm has Camilla’s monogram.
While we’re at it, here’s the signature Catherine has been using. Must be strange to suddenly not have to sign with a last name, right?
On to the Swedes!
King Carl Gustav
The royal family of Sweden has grand monograms that are done in gold.
Queen Silvia seems to have a double S going on, perhaps because her maiden name was Sommerlathe?
Victoria & Daniel’s Joint Monogram
This is lovely.
And be still our hearts, Princess Estelle has her own webpage and monogram. Of course!
Obviously she needed a monogram to go with her mini Order of the Seraphim:
That looks like a sprightly crown on top of that M! Her hubby doesn’t get one since he declined the title of Prince…
but Princess Leonore’s monogram was revealed at the same time as her christening, which took place on Sunday June 8, 2014. Like her cousin Estelle, Leonore now has her own page as well. Check it out here.
Oh, and Princess Leonore got her own mini Order of the Seraphim as well!
Here’s a better look.
Prince Carl Philipe
They got both the C and the P in there which must have taken some time to sort out!
Royal Family of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Double M! Love it so much we’ll ignore the rest of the Norwegian royals and move along to the Danes, ok?
Royal Family of Denmark
The Royal Family of Denmark have done a good job at making the monograms cohesive.
Mary & Frederik’s joint Monogram:
Prince Joachim of Denmark:
This has got to be the most modern looking one of the bunch. Love it:
Note how the M is different from Princess Mary’s ‘M’. Details, details!
Countess Alexandra is the former wife of Prince Joachim and we have some more juicy on the Countess that you can read here.
When she and Joachim divorced, not only did she get to keep her diplomatic passport and the title of countess, but she also gets to use this delightfully regal monogram:
It’s interesting to note that this monogram is a downgrade from her original. When she was Princess, she was given this monogram with the closed crown to use (on the left). After the divorce, the monogram was revised to the open crown (on the right).
Before we move along, I recently found these pictures of the then Princess Alexandra at Schakenborg Castle, her home with Prince Joachim. These gates were a gift from the Queen. Joachim now lives there with Princess Marie so the gates were changed to their joint cypher. More about that here.
Alexandra and Joachim outside those lovely gates.
Principality of Monaco
Prince Albert & Princess Charlene
Lord only knows what the deal is with these two, both they have used a joint monogram since the wedding. As far as we can tell from their official website, Princess Charlene does not have her own. Their website was recently given a sorely needed upgrade, and you can check it out here.
During the wedding celebrations, the monograph was everywhere!!! Case in point:
Princess Grace of Monaco
Grace Grimaldi got two G’s in her monogram.
Well that’s it for now. Anyone else share our interest in royal monograms? Hope so! 🙂