Platinum choice

The competition to find an emblem for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year has been won by a 19-year-iold graphic design student at Leeds University.

Edward Roberts’s emblem will be the ubiquitous badge for the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession, following a competition run jointly by Buckingham Palace and the Victoria & Albert Museum. His was one of ten short-listed designs and wins him £1,500.

“I never expected to win the competition and it's an honour to have done so” he said. “For my design, I wanted to give a modern twist to the iconic elements of St Edward’s Crown, and so I created a continuous line, which I felt was a fitting representation of The Queen’s reign.”

The competition was open to young people from across the UK aged 13 to 25, and the winner was selected by a panel of designers and artists, including Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of the Royal College of Art, and a representative of the royal family, chaired by V&A director Tristram Hunt.

“This clean graphic design takes us on a simple line journey to create the crown and the number 70, beautifully capturing the continuous thread of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign” said Thompson. “Drawn on a computer, the ingenious emblem works across all scales and the flow of the line gives us a sense of a human touch behind the digital design process."


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