Monograms were traditionally used to represent an individual, kingdom, municipality or company. Today, they are definitely more commonly associated with brands and commercial use.
Royal monograms are iconic. This one in particular represents the current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II. Every royal monogram features the monarch’s inital, their number if they are not the first of their name and an R, which stands for either Rex or Regina, which is King or Queen in Latin. A crown is also visible in the monogram.
The tradition of a royal monogram, or cypher, spans back to Queen Victoria who was the Queen from 1837 to 1901. Royal cyphers predominately appear on mailboxes, medals and stamps, but can also be printed on various other items. Across the United Kingdom, you can approximate the age of an item by which royal cypher is visible on it.
The Louis Vuitton monogram is probably identifiable to a majority of the population, regardless of whether you can afford their items or not.
The classic interlocking LV symbol was actually created by Louis Vuitton’s son, George, in 1896 (Vogue, 2018). This design was a way to identify the luggage business, and it has stuck around until today.
The iconic monogram can be seen across most of the Louis Vuitton product range, and has since become a symbol of wealth, high fashion and prestige, similar to other designer brand monograms such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.