Royal Warrant


Royal Warrant

Royal Warrants of Appointment have been issued for centuries to those who supply goods or services to a royal court or certain royal personages. The warrant enables the supplier to advertise the fact that they supply to the royal family, so lending prestige to the supplier. In the United Kingdom, grants are currently made by three members of the British Royal Family to companies or tradespeople who supply goods and services to individuals in the family. Several other royal families allow tradespeople to advertise royal patronage, including the ruling dynasties of the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Denmark, and Sweden.

Suppliers continue to charge for their goods and services — a warrant does not imply that they provide goods and services free of charge. The warrant is typically advertised on company hoardings, letter-heads and products by displaying the coat of arms or the heraldic badge of the royal personage as appropriate. Underneath the coat of arms will usually appear the phrase "By Appointment to..." followed by the title and name of the royal customer, and then what goods are provided. No other details of what is supplied may be given.

History

The earliest recorded British Royal Charter was granted to the Weavers’ Company in 1155 by Henry II of England. [cite web
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Purveyors to the British Royal Family

Warrants are currently granted for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Warrants issued by the Queen Mother automatically expired five years after her death in 2002.

Some 800 individuals and companies, including a few non-UK companies, hold more than 1,100 warrants to the British Royal Family. Suppliers must have had a trading relationship with an individual in the family for at least five years before they can be considered for a warrant. Warrants are awarded at the discretion of the Lord Chamberlain, acting as the chairman of the Royal Household Tradesmen's Warrants Committee. Warrants are awarded for renewable terms of five years, though they can be revoked at any time; some warrants have been held for more than 100 years. Goods need not be for the use of the grantor. Cigarettes were only bought for the use of guests for example, but these warrants were cancelled in 1999 as a matter of public policy.

Royal Warrants are only awarded to tradespeople. The professions, employment agencies, party planners, the media, government departments, or "places of refreshment or entertainment" such as pubs and theatres, do not qualify. [cite web
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A directory of Royal Warrant companies is available at the website of the [http://www.royalwarrant.org/directory/ Royal Warrant Holders' Association] . In 2007 the President of the Association is John Shepherd of Partridges and the Secretary is Richard Peck. [cite web
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Purveyors to the Imperial and Royal Court (of Austria-Hungary) ("k.u.k. Hoflieferant")

* Farina gegenüberEau de Cologne - 1872 to HIM Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria
* Baczewskivodka
* Bösendorferpianos
* Demelchocolates and confectioneries
* Sacher

Belgian Royal Warrant Holders

[http://www.lesfournisseursbrevetesdelacour.be/uk/fournisseur.php List of Royal Warrant Holders] (select 'complete list')

Purveyors to the Court (of Denmark) ("Kongelig Hofleverandør")

*Egmont — Denmarks biggest media group with magazines, films, DVDs, books, tv-programs, music, cartoons etc. [http://www.egmont.com]
*Anthon Berg — candy
*Carlsberg — beverages
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Christian VIII. 1847
* ECCO — clothing and shoes
*Warre's - porto
* See more at www.hoflev.dk [http://www.hoflev.dk]

Purveyors to the Dutch court

The predicate 'purveyor to the court' (hofleverancier) is awarded to small and medium sized businesses that have existed for at least 100 years, and who have a good reputation regionally [http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=4475] . They need not actually supply goods to the court. The predicate is to be renewed every 25 years. At present there are at least 387 companies who can carry the predicate. [http://www.hofleverancier.nu/gerechtigden.html List of purveyors to the Dutch court]

For large, multinational, enterprises and for NGOs the use of the designation 'koninklijke' or 'royal' can be awarded. [http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=4472] . These enterprises are also allowed to incorporate a crown in their logo. Examples are KLM (airline - logo incorporates crown), Royal Dutch Shell (oil company), KPN (phone company - logo incorporates crown).

Purveyors to the Court of Sweden ("Kunglig hovleverantör")

Various companies provide, or have provided, goods to the Royal Court of Sweden. To qualify for a Royal Warrant the order must come from either H.M. the King of Sweden or H.M. the Queen of Sweden and the company must deliver its goods or services to the Court. A Royal Warrant is personal and usually awarded to the managing director of the company rather than the company itself. All goods and services are paid for by the Court. [cite web
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Purveyors to the Japanese Imperial Household Agency

After WWII, the permission system was abolished, but purveyors still exist today
*Nissin Foods
*Toyota
*Manyoken

Purveyors to the Court (of France)

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM Empereur Napoleon I. 1811
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM Empereur Napoleon III. 1867
*Guerlain — Eau de Cologne to HM Empereur Napoleon III. 1868
*Debauve & Gallais — Chocolate makers to King Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis Philippe, HM Empereur Napoleon I.

High Patronage of the Monaco Royal family

*Chocolaterie de Monaco - Boutique Carlino's
*British Theatre Season, Monaco

Purveyors to the Portuguese royal family

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Dom Luis 1866

Purveyors to the Romanian royal family

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Carol I 1881

Purveyors to the Court (of Prussia)

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Friedrich Wilhelm IV 1841
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Friedrich III 1888
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Wilhelm II 1888

Purveyors to the Court (of Bavaria)

*Eilles — Königlich Bayerischer Hof-Lieferant für Kaffee und Tee
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Ludwig II 1872
*Fr. Ant. Prantl — Königlich Bayerischer Hoflieferant, since 1797

Purveyors to the Court (of Württemberg)

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Karl I 1868

Purveyors to the Italian royal family

*Baratti & Milano - sweets
*Caffarel - chocolate
*fratelli Carli - olive oil
*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HM King Vittorio Emanuele 1876
*Pernigotti - chocolate
*Sperlari - food

Purveyors to the Russian imperial family

*Farina gegenüber — Eau de Cologne to HIM Tsar Nicholas I 1843
*Fabergé — Jewellery to HIM Tsar Nicholas II
*Smirnoff — vodka
*Cristal — champagne

References

Notes

Bibliography

*"By Appointment: 150 Years of the Royal Warrant and Its Holders", Tim Heald, Queen Anne Publisher (2 Nov 1989), ISBN 0356170993

External links

* [http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/page5011.asp Royal Warrants] explained on the royal.gov.uk website
* [http://www.royalwarrant.org The Royal Warrant Holders Association] *
* [http://www.hoflev.dk Royal Warrant Holders Denmark]


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