Cambridge Blue (colour)

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Cambridge Blue
About these coordinates     Colour coordinates
Hex triplet #A3C1AD
sRGBB  (rgb) (163, 193, 173[1])
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (16, 0, 11, 24)
HSV       (h, s, v) (140°, 16%, 76[2][3]%)
Source [4]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Cambridge Blue is the colour commonly used by sports teams from Cambridge University.[5] There is considerable dispute regarding the exact shade of the colour that should be used. Most notably, the colour used by the Cambridge University Boat Club is different from that used by the rugby union club. The Boat Club colour was created when Alf Twinn added more yellow to this shade.[1]


The Cambridge University official colour style guide defines Cambridge Blue as Pantone 557; with RGB values of R 163, G 193, B 173. It should be noted that these guidelines show the hex colour to be used for web as #91B9A4 which is not in fact the RGB mathematical equivalent (#A3C1AD) but slightly brighter.[citation needed]

This colour is actually a medium tone of spring green.[citation needed] Spring green colours are colours with an h code (hue code) of between 135 and 165; this colour has an h code of 140, putting it within the range of spring green colours on the RGB colour wheel.

The other (less traditional) colours selected for the house style are Pantone 285 (blue), 158 (orange), 369 (green), 513 (purple) and 7466 (teal). Pantone 032 (red) and 109 (yellow) feature in the official University coat of arms.


The jerseys of the NSW Waratahs have been Cambridge Blue since 1892 and the colour, along with Oxford Blue, is the official colour of Brisbane Grammar School and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

The King's Own Calgary Regiment use both Cambridge Blue and Oxford Blue as their regimental colours.

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  1. ^ a b "Origins of the Cambridge Blue". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ "#A3C1AD Color Information". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #A3C1AD (Cambridge Blue):". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
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  5. ^ "Cambridge Identity Guidelines". 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2013-12-24.