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Cipher of Edward VIII, Havant

Brief Description

Image of the cipher of Edward VIII over the Post Office, East Street, Havant, taken in 1977.

Subject Date

1936

Creator

Derek Dine, Hampshire County Library

Owner

Hampshire Library and Information Service

Contributor

Hampshire Library and Information Service

Full Description

Royal cipher: There are very few post offices and post boxes that display Edward VIII's cipher as he only reigned for a short time in 1936. Crowned in January 1936, he abdicated on 11 December 1936. What is a cipher? A cipher, in this case, is a royal symbol of the monarch (king or queen) that is seen on many post boxes, old red telephone boxes and some public buildings like post offices. The cipher is formed from the initials of the monarch. The cipher is often stylised like in this picture. King Edward VIII's cipher was: EVIIIR. It stands for Edward VIII Rex. Rex is the Latin word for King. The current monarch's, Queen Elizabeth II, cipher is EIIR which stands for Elizabeth II Regina. Regina is the Latin word for Queen.

Place

Havant, Hampshire

Subject

street, East Street, building, post office, royal, symbol, cipher

Name Subject

King Edward VIII

Content Type

Photograph

Location

Waterlooville Library

Local Ref

175/5/4

Collection

Images

Object ID/Record ID

O70

Image ID

2839
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