Purple the colour
Purple is any group of colours with a hue between deep blue and red. This includes violet, mauve, magenta, indigo and lilac.
According to Doctor Who, mauve is the universally recognised code for danger, not red as used by humans.
The Purple Heart
The oldest military decoration in the world introduced by General George Washington and awarded to members of the US armed forces who are wounded or killed in action.
Purple is the colour most associated with drag queens such as Dame Edna Everage and Lily Savage.
Purple ribbons are used for Cancer Awareness.
The artist Prince, 1984 album 'Purple Rain' made him a superstar selling over ten million copies in the US and was at number one for 24 weeks. He also got in trouble with his basketball star landlord for personalising his Hollywood mansion in purple.
The Joker from the batman comics and TV presenter Jonathan Ross dress in purple suits.
Cadbury Dairy Milk
The original colour of the packaging of Cadbury Dairy Milk in 1905 (at the end of the 'mauve' decade) was a light mauve and this has been adapted to the purple colour of Cadbury we see today.
Red Hat Society
(purple fashion for the older generation!)The Red Hat Society celebrates life after 50. Members under 50 have to wear a pink hat with lavender, whereas when you 'come of age' at 50 you are allowed to wear the traditional red hat with purple. There are branches of this society all over the world.
Dionysus was the Greek god of wine. His Roman name was Bacchus. He wore beautiful robes of flowing purple (the colour of wine). According to the Greek legend Dionysus’s tears were the origin of amethyst.
Amethyst : a royal purple
Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewellery. Its colour ranges from pale lilac to a deep royal purple. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels.
Purple prose consists of words and phrases that sound stilted, overly descriptive, or cliché and is derived from a reference by the Roman poet Horace.