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Why Queen Elizabeth has two very different signatures?

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While most people have their go-to signature they use for cards, letters, cheques and forms, Her Majesty actually has two.


And, it has captured many royal fans’ attention as those two signatures of Queen Elizabeth are quite different from each other. So, which one do you prefer?

When the present reigning monarch is in a working capacity, she will sign off as Elizabeth R. Here, the ‘R’ stands for ‘Regina’. And this word, REGINA means ‘Queen’ in Latin. This signature is found on official documents and in any correspondence she’s writing in her role as sovereign.

She’ll also sign guests books with her formal signature, which she often underlines.

However, when its a non-working capacity, the Queen will often use her family nickname, Lilibet. This second, more informal signature can be found in her private letters to friends and family members.

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She signs as ‘Lilibet’ when corresponding with her family though.

In one letter sent to her grandmother, Queen Mary, she wrote: “Darling Granny. Thank you very much for this lovely doll’s house. I love it, and I have unpacked the dining room and the hall. Love from Lilibet xxx”.

Her Majesty was known affectionately as Lilibet by her parents and grandparents when she was growing up. That was because she was unable to say ‘Elizabeth’ at a young age. Her father, King George VI, famously once said: “Lilibet is my pride, indeed. Margaret is my joy”.

As such, the sweet nickname has been with the Queen all of her life.

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Not only her parents and grandparents used to call the Queen by her nickname. But her husband, Philip too, refers to her by her childhood name. Last week, Queen Elizabeth showed that her more formal signature isn’t limited to paper only.

The Queen uses this signature when in a working capacity

During a visit to the Science Museum in London, the 92 year-old reigning monarch shared her first Instagram post from the royal family’s official account. She signed it Elizabeth R. The photo showed a letter written to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert in 1843.

The Queen ended the post with:-

“Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. Elizabeth R”.

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