The Pens of Royals and Presidents
Parker Pens have been played a starring role in some of the biggest moments in modern history. In 1945, President Dwight D Eisenhower signed the WWII peace treaty using a Parker 51, while MacArthur used a Parker Duofold to sign the treaty with Japan. John F Kennedy also preferred the stylish, mid-century modern Parker 51, and was pictured with his trusty pen several times. In 1975, four custom-made silver Parker 75s were used during the Cold War by US President Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev to sign the Intermediate Nuclear Arms Treaty.
But it’s not just in its native America that Parker pens became so illustrious. The UK adopted Parker as a stationery national treasure when the Queen proffered a highly prized Royal Warrant for Parker to supply the Royal Household, due to its ‘highest standards of service, quality and excellence’. The warrant is still in place today, and was renewed by HRH the Prince Of Wales in 1990. Parker has a tradition of commemorating royal milestones with limited-edition versions of some of its most iconic pens, whether it’s the Parker 105 made to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 or the Golden Jubilee Accession Duofold in 2002. In 2016, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, Parker made a limited-edition Duofold featuring engraving inspired by the Tudor Rose.