How to pick a colour fit for The Queen

Pantone and Leo Burnett have collaborated to create a rather special, though somewhat tardy, Diamond Jubilee Colour Guide…

Pantone and Leo Burnett have collaborated to create a rather special, though somewhat tardy, Diamond Jubilee Colour Guide…

The colour chart, limited to just 60 copies (we’re most honoured to receive one) doesn’t just show colours that the Queen Elizabeth II might consider wearing, given her penchant for monochrome pastel coloured outfits, but instead documents the colours that the Queen actually wore on 60 different occasions during her 60 year reign, including the Primrose Yellow she wore at William and Kate’s wedding in April last year, the Canal Blue outfit she wore to Royal Ascot in 2008, and the Pink Carnation colour she sported at the Chelsea Garden Party in 1967.

Of the Queen’s colour choices over the years, Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman says: “The Queen’s decision to favour one colour in every outfit is a strong style statement. Monochromatic colour schemes make the wearer appear taller, delivering a more stately air.”

Apparently The Queen herself has been sent one of these limited edition Pantone reference guides. One does hope Her Majesty approves.

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  • neilypeelie

    haha. want one.

  • Solopress

    Lady Gaga will be next… :-)

  • Micha

    The CR Blog right on the cusp of breaking news yet again…

  • Hi-Fi Lo-Fi

    The queen has never looked so pretty. Want one!

  • Mark

    One question…. where can I get one?

    And cheer up Micha!

  • Neil

    My Mum would love this! She always used to get us to guess the colour the Queen would be wearing for the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day – and still does! It’s been spoilt a bit in recent years through when there always seems to be an excerpt on the news that gives it away before the big day. Guessing the precise Pantone shade will be much more fun this year!

  • Cheesy

    Only 60? I would have paid a handsome price for one of those.

    One of the better 60th Jubilee items.

  • House of Light

    Colour of the queen always awesome…

  • kathug

    Not ‘a bit late’ as Jubilee Year is, well, all year. Great idea and execution.

  • Frances Hunt

    That’s a hilarious idea. I never realised how many different outfits she actually has until this article pointed it out. Quality! I wonder if she would approve of this. Would certainly be an interesting way for her to pick out her outfits on Christmas day.