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Oxfordshire church breaks ground as first in UK to incorporate King Charles cypher on bells

by Kelly Valencia

A church in Oxfordshire has made history as it has become the first place of worship to include the cyphers of King Charles III and Camilla on its new bells.

North Moreton All Saints Church in south Oxfordshire received permission from Buckingham Palace to use the designs. Royal cyphers are only allowed to be put on bells during a coronation year.

Tower captain Rob Nickless, who is responsible for the bells' maintenance, told the BBC: "The tower's been here for very many years, right in the centre of the community and is here to call people to worship and to celebrate many events in people's lives - we want to continue to do so with enhanced bells."

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the tradition of representing monarchs on the bells in the church at North Moreton will continue with King Charles III, who will be the seventh monarch to be featured in this way.

Richard Loyd, project manager for the bells' installation, said: "These are the first bells in the United Kingdom to bear the cypher of King Charles and Camilla.

"We believe there might be two other bells elsewhere in the country that may have King Charles's cypher but you're only allowed to put the royal cyphers on to bells during the year of a coronation."

The bells are set to be sounded on Coronation Day, May 6th.

 

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