I had to wake up earlier than usual today, and it was quite a sad sight looking out the window! Cape Town is pretty gloomy today, cold and wet. I'm longing for loads of hot chocolate, a good book and my duvet!
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration did not go unnoticed by the clever crowd at Pantone.
Not one to ever shy away from colour - Queen Elizabeth has become synonymous with monochromatic outfits - from bright yellow to pink and purple and very shade in between.
Pantone launched the limited edition set just in time for the weekend's celebrations - with each hue of the Queen's ensembles matched to the Pantone colour, and cited with the date and occasion of each memorable colour.
PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow “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.”
PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue “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.
PANTONE 16-2124 Pink Carnation “Queen Elizabeth wore lighter tones of pink more frequently when she was younger, adding softness to her role as Queen and make her seem less austere, for example the PANTONE 16-2124 Pink Carnation she wore to the Chelsea Garden Party in 1967. In recent years however, she has been seen in trendier bright pinks, defying her age and communicating that she is a monarch modern in thought and spirit.”
PANTONE 13-5414 Ice Green “During the Queen’s landmark state visit to Ireland, the first since the country gained independence in the 1920s, she was seen in a cool shade of green. Her colour choice echoed the sentiment of her visit as green is widely seen to symbolise new beginnings, fresh thoughts and rejuvenation.”
Last night I unpacked some of the books that are still in their brown boxes. With almost every bundle that I took out the box, I was surprised at some of the titles I had accumulated over the years. Perplexed, really.