The Telegraph recently compiled an interactive map of the 108 shops which are officially sanctioned as Royal Warrant holders. But what exactly is a Royal Warrant, and what does it mean if a company holds one? Here’s an explanation from the Royal Warrant Holder Association (RWHA):
“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.”
All told, there are over 800 Royal Warrant holders. Of the 108 food providers, just two are granted warrants officially in the Americas, the McIlhenny Company, based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Angostura Limited, based in Laventille, Trinidad. The McIlhenny Company provides the royal family with its supply of Tabasco, while Angostura Limited provides the royal family with its Angostura bitters. A Royal Warrant can be award by the queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Edinburgh and has a relatively straightforward acquisition process:
“By supplying products or services on a regular basis to the Royal Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for not less than five years out of seven to include the year immediately prior to application,” states the RWHA website. “All Households are funded separately. Amongst other things, suppliers are also required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate environmental and sustainability policy and action plan.”
Some other notable name brands which have earned a Royal Warrant include Scotland’s Matthew Gloag & Son Limited (now part of Edington), producers of The Famous Grouse Scotch, Tanqueray Gordon & Co Limited, producers of Gordon’s Gin and Tanqueray Gin, and John Dewar & Sons Limited, producers of Dewars Scotch. On the liquor free front, Twinings of London is one of the royal family’s tea providers and one of the oldest member of the Royal Warrant register. When it comes to gammon and cured bacon, the royal family turns Denhay Farms Limited in Devon. For cereal, one of the House of Windsor’s go-to providers is Kellogg (but technically their U.K. location).
Just remember, you won’t see the queen using Tabasco on oysters anytime soon thanks to this royal family food rule.
[Source: The Telegraph]