A university student says he is "over the moon" after winning a competition to design the official emblem of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Edward Roberts' digitally-created artwork – depicting a stylised crown, incorporating the number 70, on a round background similar to a royal seal – was hailed as "ingenious".

The 19 year old, who is studying for a degree in graphic and communication design at the University of Leeds, was one of the hundreds of young creatives who entered the competition to design an emblem that summed up the Queen's reign.

The jubilee will be marked next June by a special four-day bank holiday weekend.

Celebrations will range from a live concert staged outside Buckingham Palace with some of the world's biggest stars to a day at the races for the Royal family.

The teenager from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, said: "It's just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn't believe I'd won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to even win it – I was over the moon."

Roberts was contacted last Thursday by the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker – the most senior official in the Queen's Royal household – to tell him he had won.

Speaking about his inspiration, he said: "I was thinking of ways I could re-create the continuity of the Queen's reign in the design and I had a eureka moment.

"I thought if I could create a continuous line that incorporates the key features of St Edward's crown that would be a really good way of representing the continuing reign of the Queen."

Roberts' winning design
Roberts' winning design

He added: "I wanted the design to also symbolise a royal seal and put it within a circle to give the impression of a royal wax seal and I think that's come across really effectively in the design."

The competition was run by the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in conjunction with Buckingham Palace.

The winning design was chosen by a judging panel of graphic designers, visual artists and design professionals, experts from the V&A, the Royal College of Art, the Design Museum, and a representative from the royal household, chaired by V&A director Tristram Hunt.

Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of the Royal College of Art and a member of the judging panel, said: "This clean graphic design takes us on a simple line journey to create the crown and the number 70, beautifully capturing the continuous thread of Her Majesty The Queen's 70-year reign.

"Drawn on a computer, the ingenious emblem works across all scales and the flow of the line gives us a sense of a human touch behind the digital design process."

The 19-year-old winner will be invited to attend next year's jubilee celebrations, including the live concert.

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