Queen Elizabeth Has Used the Same Brand of Pens for Almost 60 Years
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It goes without saying that when you're a queen, you never lack for options. And Elizabeth II is known to favor the best of the best, whether we're talking about her vast collection of sparkling gems or the simple sunglasses she often sports. Naturally, her writing utensils are no exception.
From taking notes on her daily red boxes full of state business to keeping up with her personal correspondences, the Queen spends plenty of time with a pen in hand, so it only makes sense that she'd have strong opinions on the matter. And while the royal family isn't in the habit of making endorsements, there does seem to be one pen that the Queen turns to on a regular basis for her royal writing needs. That pen? The Parker 51.
Designed during the Parker company's 51st year of operation in 1939 (the style didn't officially debut until 1941) the pen's sleek look was inspired by aviation, hence the elegant streamlined aesthetic. Its popularity in the years that followed led it to be called "the world's most wanted pen," garnering attention from the public and luminaries alike. (Dwight D. Eisenhower even used the model when he signed in acknowledgement of the German surrender in WWII.) In fact, the brand became so renowned that in 1962, the Queen granted Parker a royal warrant, welcoming them as "the official supplier of writing instruments to the Royal Household." Prince Charles later went on to award them his own royal warrant in 1990.
Of course, the Queen isn't an exclusive 51-user; she's been seen writing with several other Parker models, as well as the occasional Montblanc and Conway Stewart. Nonetheless, Parker has clearly won her affection and remains the brand she's most often captured writing with.
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