Why is the color purple associated with royalty?

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From ancient times until the advent of synthetic dyes in the 1850s, purple was the most difficult color to dye. This was due to the rarity of true purple dyes (as opposed to deep blue or indigo) and the difficulty of finding a purple dye that didn't fade quickly. During the height of monarchies in Europe, high quality purple dyes were made in Tyre, then shipped to Europe as luxury trade goods, making them nearly as expensive as silver. Wearing purple-dyed clothing therefore became something only attainable by the very wealthy. Today, despite our inexpensive access to synthetic purple dyes, the color purple remains associated with royalty and wealth.

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