“Make me a coronation crown of PURPLE velvet, and silver and gold,” commanded Queen Victoria.
Purple was tricky, until William Perkin came along. The rare color was reserved for Queens and Kings until William made PURPLE FOR THE PEOPLE.
How much do you know about Queen Victoria? She wasn’t always an old widow dressed in black. When Princess Victoria became Queen and commissioned her purple crown she was only 18 years old- just like William Perkin when he made his marvelous invention of purple dye and changed chemistry forever.
Royal_Reviewer is creating an excellent series that charts Victoria’s rise from Princess to Queen. Check out Elliot’s Victoria videos here.
PERKIN’S PERFECT PURPLE: How A Boy Created Color With Chemistry (Little Brown, 2020) will be in bookstores everywhere on October 6!