Queen Consort Camilla shared a very rare Twitter message after the Buckingham Palace reception.

In the tweet, Camilla thanked guests who’d attended the charity event hosted at Buckingham palace, writing: "Today, a remarkable group of people gathered at Buckingham Palace with one aim – to see the end of violence against women and girls. I was deeply moved and inspired by their stories."

The royal continued: "With determination and courage, we will see the end of these heinous crimes forever – Camilla R". The tweet left many speculating why she signed off with an ‘R’, as well as what it stands for.

While many perhaps guessed the ‘R’ stands for ‘royal’, it actually stands for ‘regina’ which means Queen in Latin.

This is the same sign off used by the late Queen Elizabeth II, as well as King Charles III, although his ‘R’ stands for ‘rex’ meaning King.


Historian Marlene Koenig explained the tradition toHarpers Bazaar, saying: "It designates the authority of the sovereign. You will find the use of 'R' as far back as Henry I [who ruled in the early 12th century]. "It is how they sign all official documents, as well as formal letters, etc."

The initial has always been used by consorts (the sovereign's spouse), like Camilla, however Queen Elizabeth's late husband defied this convention. Prince Philip used a more casual style for his signature, simply writing "Philip."

As part of the UN's 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Camilla hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace joined by Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark , and the Countess of Wessex.

Other guests of honour included Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine, former Spice Girl Mel B and television presenter Lorraine Kelly, and Carrie Johnson, the wife of former prime minister Boris Johnson.

Camilla gave her first speech as Queen Consort on Tuesday following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She said: "We are uniting today to confront, rightly, what has rightly been called a global pandemic of violence against women.”

"Faced with such challenges, it can be hard to know what practical steps we can take to even begin to make a difference.

"Over the years, in my previous role, I had the privilege of meeting many survivors of rape and domestic abuse; and of sharing in the sorrow of people who had lost family members to violence. And again and again, I heard that two of the most powerful ways in which to help were to remember and to listen."

She continued: "We refuse to be desensitised by cold facts and figures and we resolve to keep the names and the memories of these women alive."

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