What you need to know:

  • The Queen wore a lime green outfit at her birthday celebrations
  • The colour is said to be inspired by the unique colour of a green highlighter
  • UK office suppliers say they have been inundated with demand for the green coloured textas.

Office suppliers in the United Kingdom have sold out of green coloured highlighters after the Queen chose to wear an outfit of the same hue at the Trooping of the Colour, marking her 90th birthday.

While Her Majesty typically chooses to dress in more subdued tones and colours, her outfit choice this weekend was bold, extravagant, and with a Kermit-the-Frog style influence, when it came to the brightness of her garb.

NOT EASY BEING GREEN: Queen celebrates her 90th Birthday
NOT EASY BEING GREEN: Queen celebrates her 90th Birthday

The green was described by many as closely matching the colour of a green highlighter, or texta which might be used to highlight the important parts of a document or textbook.  Some even speculated that her coat may have, in fact, been a white coat, which was coloured in with dozens of green highlighters by her Royal minions.  At any rate, Her Majesty was unmissable, standing out from other members of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

But the Queen’s fashion choice has had an unexpected consequence, with stationers across the United Kingdom reporting massive demand for green highlighters in the wake of the bold fashion choice.

The highlighters are racing off shelves at stationers across the UK.
The highlighters are racing off shelves at stationers across the UK.

“They are being sold as quickly as we can order them in,” one office supplier told Broken News.  “We actually have ten thousand of the markers on back order and we are struggling to keep up.”

Another stationery store told Broken News that they were trying to source additional highlighters from elsewhere in Europe and the United States.  “I have never seen anything like it,” the merchant told us.

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