Royal Warrants of Appointment – The United Kingdom
Although there was an earlier version referred to as a Royal Charter, the Royal Warrant of Appointment that we are familiar with today was established in the 15th century. The first ones were given out by King Edward IV and one of the first recipients was William Caxton who was appointed printer to the king in 1476.
Since that time, there have been approximately 850 issued. Some of the holders of these are still in business today and have had their warrants for well in excess of 100 years. In order to qualify for consideration, a person or a company must supply either unparalleled goods or unparalleled services to the Royal household for a minimum of a five-year period. Once a warrant has been granted, it is reviewed every five years. If a person or a company is no longer serving with distinction, they will lose their status as a Royal Warrant holder.
Presently there are three members of the Royal Family authorized to bestow this high honor. They are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Prior to her death, the Queen Mother was also empowered to …