Queen makes big announcement about her Platinum Jubilee celebrations

·Royal Correspondent
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A teenager has won himself a place at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations next year after her team chose his design to be the official emblem of the Platinum year. 

Buckingham Palace announced earlier this year that there will be huge celebrations next summer to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

As part of the festivities, the palace launched a competition for young people aged 13 to 25 to design the emblem that will be seen throughout the year on television, social media and even official merchandise.

Edward Roberts, 19, from Nottinghamshire, designed the winning emblem which was released on Tuesday.

Embargoed to 0001 BST Tuesday August 3, 2021. Edward Roberts in the grounds of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire with his winning design for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition. In 2022 Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee - seventy years of service - having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952. Picture date: Monday August 2, 2021.
Edward Roberts in the grounds of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire with his winning design for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition. (PA Images)

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Roberts, who is a graphic design student at the University of Leeds, said: "Art and Design have always been passions of mine, from a young age. Looking forward, I hope to make a career out of them. I never expected to win the competition and it's an honour to have done so.

"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."

He added: "I wanted the design to also symbolise a royal seal and put it within a circle to give the impression of a royal wax seal and I think that’s come across really effectively in the design."

Roberts, who will now get to attend the events, including a live concert, told PA: "It’s just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn’t believe I’d won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to even win it – I was over the moon."

Embargoed to 0001 BST Tuesday August 3, 2021. Edward Roberts in the grounds of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire with his winning design for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition. In 2022 Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee - seventy years of service - having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952. Picture date: Monday August 2, 2021.
Roberts is a student in Leeds but is from Nottinghamshire. (PA Images)
Embargoed to 0001 BST Tuesday August 3, 2021. Edward Roberts in the grounds of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire with his winning design for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Emblem Competition. In 2022 Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee - seventy years of service - having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952. Picture date: Monday August 2, 2021.
The teenager said he felt honoured to win, having been happy to make it into the top 100. (PA Images)

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The competition was run by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Roberts got a call from the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker, the most senior official in the Queen’s Royal Household, last Thursday to tell him he had won.

The judging panel included graphic designers, visual artists and design professionals, experts from the V&A, the Royal College of Art, the Design Museum, and a representative from the royal household, chaired by V&A director Tristram Hunt.

The design features the number 70 at the top and is a continual line, to represent the Queen's long reign.

Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of the Royal College of Art and a member of the judging panel, said: “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.

“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.”

The logo has been designed by 19 year old Edward Roberts from Nottingham. (Buckingham Palace)
The logo has been designed by 19 year old Edward Roberts from Nottingham. (Buckingham Palace)
The logo has been designed by 19 year old Edward Roberts from Nottingham. (Buckingham Palace)
It will be produced in both English and Welsh, as here. (Buckingham Palace)

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The logo will be used in English and Welsh, for nearly everything associated with the celebration events.

So far it's been confirmed next year's jubilee will take place over four days, with Britons being given an extra bank holiday.

There will be a bumper weekend from 2-5 June, with a live concert at Buckingham Palace similar to the 2002 event.

There will also be a jubilee pageant through central London, a return to the full Trooping the Colour and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952, after the sudden death of her father. 

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