King Charles and the Red Suitcase

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King Charles uses the same red trunk as his mother. © Barrow, Hepburn & Gale/PA Media/dpa

The “Red Box” has a very special meaning for the British Royals. And a very special tradition.

London – Even when it comes to his duties as head of state, King Charles III. an environmentalist: The monarch will use the same famous red suitcase as his mother Queen Elizabeth II and her father and grandfather.

Leather company Barrow Hepburn & Gale have used special techniques to restore and customize the suitcase – known in English as the “Red Box”, British news agency PA reported. It was also provided with Charles’ new official monogram.

British monarchs receive important papers in the red suitcases every day – including legal papers to be signed, but also letters and announcements. At the same time, several of these suitcases are in circulation.

The long history of the traditional example, which is to be sent to King Charles shortly, can be seen: the words “King George V” are engraved on the lock – a sign that Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather used the suitcase. He was British Head of State from 1910 to 1936. dpa

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