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Does Queen Elizabeth use a fountain pen?

January 12, 2023 4 min read

Does Queen Elizabeth use a fountain pen?

I was just looking at the fountain pen that Viktor Orbán uses, and now I'm looking at the pens that Queen Elizabeth II uses. Both of these people are quite important in their fields. And Elizabeth II is known for favoring the best of the best, whether it be the extensive collection of glittering stones she owns, the simple sunglasses she wears on a regular basis, or the hundreds of exquisite hats she wears. Naturally, his pens and pencils are not an exception to this rule. It seems like there are at least as many pens as there are hats, and each picture showcases a more stunning writing implement than the previous one. The claim that the Queen will only write with Parker 51 pens was made public in an item that published on 24.hu not too long ago. According to the report, which cited Yahoo, "The Queen owns numerous Parker models, which she changes, but has persisted with the brand for nearly sixty years." As I sailed into the air on the back of Pegasus, I gathered all of the evidence and questioned whether or not this assertion was indeed accurate.

Elizabeth and the fountain pens in the second section

His Majesty spends a significant amount of time writing using a fountain pen, whether he is making notes on the daily red boxes containing state business or writing his own personal correspondence. Given all of this, it is reasonable to assume that he will have some strong feelings on the matter. It is said that the Parker 51 is his favorite fountain pen, yet I was unable to locate any photographs of this pen despite my best efforts.

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Majesty and Pelikan pen

The British press reports that in 1962 Queen Elizabeth II presented Parker with a royal warrant recognizing the company's status as "the official stationery supplier to the Royal Household." In 1990, Prince Charles presented Parker with his own personal royal warrant, whatever that term refers to. But there isn't much evidence to support this. Here is a photo of a Cartier Diabolo from a far earlier time.

Side profile silhouette of Queen Elizabeth

Pens named Majesty and Cartier

It is a well-known fact that whenever Her Majesty writes with a Parker 51 pen, she does so solely in settings free from any possibility of being photographed. In a set, home context, Pelikan tends to dominate. She will use any pen that is offered to her when she is in certain situations, such as when signing a guest book (Parker was never put in front of her). Anyway, the Parker firm could have shown off the Queen holding a Parker 51 or whatever pen in her hand for at least one photo, but I was unable to locate such a photo anywhere on their website. Here is a photograph that has been framed, and in front of the Queen is a "ceremonial" pen made in Germany called a Pelikan M800. What type of brand devotion does it show to the Parker company to use a Pelikan pen in an image celebrating Parker?

Love letter, ink and fountain pen

Majesty Elisabeth and Pelikan Souveran pen

This picture shows him writing with another well-known German brand, a Montblanc 146 fountain pen; nevertheless, it is possible that the pen was merely forced into his hand.

To my knowledge, there is just one pen on the internet where the queen writes with the same pen on two separate occasions. It's likely that she always has this fountain pen in her handbag with her, even when she's not using it. In spite of my best efforts, I have been unable to determine the make or model of this pen. It is not even close to becoming Parker 51. The proper way to hold a pen, as demonstrated by the instruction manuals of yesteryear, is seen here. The next time we talk, I'll fill you in on the pen grip!
Fountain pen on top of a dark background

I have extended an invitation to Elizabeth II to comment on the points that have been brought up. Since I have not received a response to my letter (yet) and my phone has not rang either, I can only assume that I have managed to humiliate Her Majesty the Queen.



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