To have such royal approval heightens the status of warrant holders, branding their excellence and quality and making the award highly prized.
Three members of the Royal Family currently grant warrants – The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales – and while they are advised by the Lord Chamberlain (the head of the Royal Household and chairman of the Royal Household Tradesmen’s Warrants Committee), the final decision to grant a Royal Warrant is made by the member of the Royal Family concerned.
Warrants are usually granted for a period of five years, and holders are permitted to show the Royal Arms on their stationery, buildings, vehicles, advertising and packaging. There are currently some 800 warrant holders in the UK, although only one is granted to any particular trade. Click here to find out more.