Royal blue

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"Royal Blue" redirects here. For other uses, see Royal Blue (disambiguation).
"Imperial Blue" redirects here. For the brand of Indian whisky, see Imperial Blue (whisky).
Royal Blue (traditional)
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #002366
sRGBB  (rgb) (0, 35, 102)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (100, 66, 0, 60)
HSV       (h, s, v) (219°, 100%, 40[1]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Royal Blue (web color)
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #4169E1
sRGBB  (rgb) (65, 105, 225)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (71, 53, 0, 12)
HSV       (h, s, v) (225°, 71%, 88[2]%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Royal blue describes both a bright shade and a dark shade of azure blue. It is said to have been invented by millers in Rode, Somerset, a consortium of which won a competition to make a dress for the British queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.[3]

Traditionally, dictionaries define royal blue as a deep to dark blue, often with a purple or faint reddish tinge.

By the 1950s, many people began to think of royal blue as a brighter color, and it is this brighter color that was chosen as the web color "royal blue" (the web colors when they were formulated in 1987 were originally known as the X11 colors). The World Wide Web Consortium designated the keyword "royalblue" to be this much brighter color, rather than the traditional darker version of royal blue.

Variations of royal blue

Queen blue

Queen Blue
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #436B95
sRGBB  (rgb) (67, 107, 149)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (55, 28, 0, 42)
HSV       (h, s, v) (211°, 55%, 58[4]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color queen blue.

Queen blue is a medium tone of royal blue.

The first recorded use of queen blue as a color name in English was in 1926. Before that, since 1661, this color had been called queen’s blue.[5]

Royal blue in human culture

Auto racing
Flag
Impersonators
  • Elizabeth Richard, a Queen Elizabeth Impersonator, often wears queen blue colored clothing.[6]
Ink
Music
Politics
School colors
Sports
Computers
Transport
Uniforms
Vexillology

See also

References

  1. web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #002366 (Royal Blue (traditional)):
  2. web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #4169E1 (Royal Blue (web)):
  3. "The Origin of Royal Blue". Rode History Internet-ink. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #436B95 (Queen Blue):
  5. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 201; Color Sample of Queen Blue: Page 95 Plate 36 Color Sample B8
  6. Elizabeth Richard--Queen Elizabeth Impersonator:
  7. Yonsei University
  8. Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Information
  9. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  10. Zeta Phi Beta Fraternity
  11. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
  12. Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity
  13. Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority
  14. "Symbols of Alpha Phi Omega". Alpha Phi Omega. Archived from the original on 2010-03-23. 
  15. The Rocky Hill Royal Blues
  16. [1]
  17. Kansas City Royals Kit
  18. Birmingham City F.C. Home
  19. Everton F.C. News Story Stating "Royal Blue
  20. Portsmouth F.C.
  21. Reading F.C
  22. [2]
  23. Rangers Kit Through The Years
  24. FC Schalke Shirt Information
  25. North Melbourne FC Information
  26. Indianapolis Colts
  27. The Royal Blue Express
  28. Picture of American Flyer model train--a royal blue colored art deco streamlined 1930's Royal Blue Express B & O steam locomotive:
  29. Royal Blue Gallery
  30. Uniform Market News July 2008:
  31. Description of the New Zealand Flag - Ministry for Culture and Heritage