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The Royal Warrant – What is it?

27 May 2016

Royal Warrants of appointment have been issued for centuries as a mark of recognition for those who supplied services and goods to households of royalty for a term of at least five years and who currently had an on-going trade agreement. This warrant gives permission for displaying royal arms in connection with any business. There are about 800 different Royal Warrant holders today that represent a huge industry of trade around the world. Of which we are very proud to be included in that number.

Royal Warrant Crests

Historic Ties

The history of the Royal Warrant can be traced back to medieval times when there were competitions for royal favours. Here, the Monarchs chose whomever they felt was best out of the Trades people. In the 15th century, these luxury royal suppliers were given a Royal Warrant of Appointment. During the 18th century, Royal Tradesmen began to display Royal arms in connection with their business, either over their premises or on their stationary. In 1840, the Royal Warrant Holders Association was formed and rules began to put into place governing the use of Royal Warrants to prevent them being used improperly. By the 1920s membership of the association, which began with 25, included half of all Royal Warrant holders.

Today’s Royal Warrant

Royal Warrants are still issued today and are a sure sign of quality. For example, in hotels that offer luxury bedding, royal warrants are a sign that the hotel features quality goods and services, with luxury linens. When you are looking for a high quality and five-star hotel, you can rest assured that if any of the hotels supplier have a Royal Warrant they will be of the utmost quality. This will give you a good idea of the type of hotel you are staying at. Suppliers have to go through strict requirements in order to get their Royal Warrant status.