In April 2011, Buckingham Palace granted consent to International Tartans to design a tartan to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Along with royal purple and white our designer, David McGill, selected special colours, known to be amongst Her Majesty’s favourites, and the result is the strking Queens Diamond Jubilee tartan now registered 10426 on the Scottish Register of Tartans. It has proved to be very popular worldwide and has received many accolades.
“A very good tartan - just right."
The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
“Thank you... for the beautiful unique tartan created to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen."
Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons
“Congratulations on your design... “Thank you for the wonderful tie you sent me”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
“Delighted to hear of your success in gaining consent from Her Majesty the Queen to design this unique tartan. Good luck"
Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister
An important part of this unique project is to ensure that as many weavers, fashion designers, product designers, and manufacturers from throughout the UK who wish to be involved, are given the opportunity to do so. In this way we intend to amass the largest-ever collection of its kind, one which demonstrates to the world the outstanding design and manufacturing skills of our artists and craftworkers: a collection fit for a Queen.
Interest in the Queens Diamond Jubilee tartan has been worldwide with enquiries from as far afield as the USA, Australia and India coming within hours of the design being placed on the national register of tartans - www.tartanregister.gov.uk
Many people wished to demonstrate their goodwill to Her Majesty on reaching this extraordinary milestone and arrangements were made to send a sample of cloth to each continent along with t-shirts printed with a message of congratulations.
From India at the home funded in Hyderabad funded by Edinburgh charity, Scottish Love in Action, founder Gillie Davidson had the local tailor run up a skirt and trousers for the latest recruits to the orphange.
From Morristown New Jersey, where Henry & Madeleine’s Mum ran up a superhero cape and rosette for the occasion.
And from Geelong, Victoria where Michell and Chloe wisely used the tartan to shelter from some unseasonal rain.