Pantone Celebrates Queen’s Jubilee and the Power of Digital Printing

June 12, 2012
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Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.

Defender of the Fashion Sense

She’s also the star of her own Pantone guide. We can’t speak for the Queen, but we are totally amused! Pantone teamed with Leo Burnett on this limited edition guide. According to the press release:

For over 60 years, Her Majesty has opted for a full spectrum of perfectly colour coordinated ensembles, from the Primrose Yellow she wore at Will and Kate’s wedding in April 2011 to the tasteful Lilac Snow outfit she wore last year during a visit to Northumberland.

The guide captures and commemorates some of the Queen’s most memorable color choices since her coronation – featuring Pantone Color references and citing the date and location that determined her outfit color choice.

Precision Printing produced the guide using HP Indigo technology. Comprising 60 images of the Queen, the challenge was matching the colors and printing the ultra-short run of 60 copies. Precision Printing used an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press and the 7-color (CMYKOV) HP IndiChrome on-press Pantone emulation, simulating the Pantone Matching System that can match 97 percent of the Pantone Color range, to achieve exact color matching.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute,offered some highlights from the guide:

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow: Perfect for the Mother of the Groom

“The Queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow. Yellow is a colour that speaks to the future with hope and optimism. William’s wedding was a time of national celebration and this choice of yellow complements the joyous mood of the occasion. It’s a colour that is high visibility (befitting a queen), while still not detracting from the bride.”

But wait, there’s more:

PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue: Keep Calm and Carry On

“Blue is a colour staple in the Queen’s wardrobe, it’s a colour that communicates constancy and it is also symbolic of her devotion to the British people. Blues traditionally have calming properties and she is often seen wearing them during difficult times. Blue is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.

In Closing

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I look forward to hearing from you.

Carry on,
Katherine O’Brien
Senior Editor American Printer
Senior Editor OutputLinks Communication Group

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