Frequently asked questions

  • How does a business qualify for a Royal Warrant?

    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. 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.

  • Who is eligible for a Royal Warrant?

    Royal Warrants are only granted to individuals or companies that provide goods or services to the Royal Household. Goods purchased for re-sale by souvenir shops run by Royal Collection Enterprises and the Private Estates, and goods or services provided to the Crown Estate, Historic Royal Palaces, the Duchies of Cornwall or Lancaster and Royal Parks do not qualify. Royal Warrants are not granted for professional services – e.g. bankers, brokers or agents, solicitors, employment agencies, training providers, veterinary services, government agencies – or to newspapers, magazines, journals, periodicals or similar publications.

  • What benefits does a Royal Warrant bestow?

    Royal Warrant holders receive a handsome Royal Warrant document and the right to display the appropriate Royal Arms on their product, packaging, stationery, advertising, premises and vehicles in accordance with The Lord Chamberlain's Rules.

  • Does the Royal Warrant carry any restrictions?

    Royal Warrant holders may not disclose details of the goods or services they provide – except as described in the wording or Legend beneath the Royal Arms, e.g. 'By Appointment.... Outfitters to HM The Queen'.

  • Does having a Royal Warrant mean that the products or services supplied are the best?

    No. It only means they are the preferred product or service.

  • Do Royal Warrant holders provide their products or services for free?

    No. All business is conducted on a commercial basis.

  • What does a Royal Warrant cost?

    A Royal Warrant costs nothing, however the Royal Warrant Holders Association, which acts on behalf of the Lord Chamberlain's Office in carrying out all initial clerical work in connection with Royal Warrants, levies an administration charge to all Warrant holders who do not pay a subscription as members of the Association.

  • Does the Royal Household only obtain goods or services from Royal Warrant holders?

    No. Purchases are made from other sources.

  • Why might a company or individual lose a Royal Warrant?

    The quality of the product or service is not up to standard. The product or service is no longer manufactured or available. The goods or services are no longer required, or orders have dwindled. The business stops trading. The company goes into liquidation or is declared bankrupt. There is a significant change in the control or ownership of the Royal Warrant-holding company.

  • How many Royal Warrants are cancelled each year?

    Between 20 and 40 – and a similar number of new ones are granted.

  • What happens to a company or individual when a Royal Warrant is cancelled?

    They are normally allowed 12 months to alter their packaging and stationery and remove the Royal Arms from their vehicles and buildings.

  • What happens when the Grantor dies?

    The Royal Warrant is cancelled within two years after the Grantor's death provided there is no significant change within the company concerned. During this period the company may alter the wording under the Royal Arms to 'By Appointment to the late....'.

  • How many Royal Warrants are there?

    Approximately 800, but it changes almost monthly.

  • How many Royal Warrant holders are members of the Royal Warrant Holders Association?

    All but about 60.