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The Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant is something that many people ask us at Crofton & Hall. Since the launch of Crofton & Hall in 2017 working with Britain's finest craftsmen in fashion and accessories we stock many brands that hold Royal Warrants to the British Royal Family. We have been asked many times what they are or what having a Royal Warrant means for a brand? 

We are very proud to work with so many brands that hold Royal Warrants to not only the British Royal Family but many others from all over the world. Celebrated for their quality and craftsmanship some for over 300 years. 

 

What is a Royal Warrant?

From the official Royal Warrant Holders Association - 

'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: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

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.'

 

The History of the Royal Warrant

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 – a practice that continues to this day.

In the 18th century, Royal tradesmen began displaying the Royal Arms on their premises and stationery. In 1840, the Royal Warrant Holders Association was formed. Scroll through the timeline to discover highlights from the history of the Royal Warrant, stretching back from the present day to its early origins.

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