Yinka Ilori on Platinum Jubilee design panel

Yinka will be judging the designs for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee emblem.

Date: 23 June 2021

To celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has launched a design competition to commemorate the occasion, with alumnus Yinka Ilori on the judging panel. 

The competition is looking for budding UK artists, aged between 13 and 25, to design an emblem that will symbolise the very first Platinum Jubilee, and will feature prominently throughout the year on official merchandise, national broadcasts and widely across digital and social media.

The Royal Family Twitter account recently posted a short clip of Yinka sharing some advice for all artists thinking of applying. He said: “Try to be as authentic as possible and try to tell a story. Storytelling is really key. If you can, tell a story about The Queen, or about London, or about the things that inspire you.”

The other panellists are:

  • Margaret Calvert, who has designed many of the road signs seen through the UK;
  • Gabriella Marcella, a Glasgow-based designer and printer;
  • Lubna Chowdary, a ceramicist who also works in sculpture, design and craft.

The winning emblem will be announced during the summer. The winner will be invited to take part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace, including receiving an invitation to the ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’.

A celebration at Buckingham Palace