On the 15th February 2012, I was contacted by the Diocese of Leicester…
“Hi, we are the Diocese of Leicester and are looking for someone who could do a calligraphy card (A2 size, maybe 30 words max) for a commemorative visit to one of our buildings. We would be looking for a nice standard card to be provided and would need this asap. Is this something your Company could do? Do you know anyone you could recommend to us?
Well you can imagine my excitement when I finally put two and two together and spoke with the Canon of Leicester, David Montieth. The Queen was coming to Leicester on the 8th March for the first part of her tour of the United Kingdom to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee year.
The brief was simple enough, but when I thought that this was going to be a commemorative certificate that The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge were going to be signing… well the pressure was on to say the least! So with dip pen in hand and ink on the table, I got to work…
The design shows sixty diamonds representing sixty years reign on the throne and is based on the official Diamond Jubilee logo from the BBC TV series Blue Peter competition, with the words from the Diocese of Leicester.
Check out the photo gallery that shows what happened on the day. It can’t explain the excitement and pride we felt when we finally knew that we would be in the presence of Royalty and were going to be witness to the actual signing of my calligraphic artwork.
The commemorative certificate (or guest book) is now on permanent display in Leicester Cathedral.