The Royal Warrant. We have all used (or at least seen) an item that contains a Royal Coat of Arms, emblazoned with wording such as ‘By Appointment to HM the Queen’ and wondered, ‘What does that actually mean?’ Well, here goes…
A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement.
The Monarch decides who may grant Royal Warrants. These are known as the Grantors and are currently: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
The history of the Royal Warrant can be traced back to medieval times, when competition for Royal favour was intense and the Monarch had the pick of the country’s best tradespeople. By the 15th century, the Lord Chamberlain, as head of the Royal Household, formally appointed tradespeople with a Royal Warrant of Appointment – the same practice that continues to this day.
The Royal Warrant is the document that appoints the company in its trading capacity, and is granted to a named individual, known as the Grantee. The Warrant gives the Grantee permission, and responsibility, for the display of the relevant Royal Arms in connection with the business.
Today there are around 800 Royal Warrant holders representing a huge cross-section of trade and industry, from individual craftspeople to global multi-nationals. They are united by a commitment to the highest standards of service, quality and excellence.
You can click the following link to find a directory of all current Royal Warrant holders that are members of the Royal Warrant Holders Association: [http://rwha.co.uk/directory].
Below are a few examples of items you may have seen or used yourself.
All information contained within this blog post has been taken from the Royal Warrant Holders Association website found at the following link: [http://rwha.co.uk/].