Royal Warrants are granted to people or companies who have regularly supplied goods or services for a minimum of three consecutive years to The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, or The Prince of Wales; they are advised by the Lord Chamberlain who is head of the Royal Household and chairman of the Royal Household Tradesmen's Warrants Committee. Each of these three members of the Royal family can grant only one warrant to any individual business. However, a business may hold warrants from more than one member of the Royal family and a handful of companies holds all four.
The warrants are a mark of recognition that tradesmen are regular suppliers of goods and services to the Royal households. Strict regulations govern the warrant, which allows the grantee or his company to use the legend 'By Appointment' and display the Royal Arms on his products, such as stationery, advertisements and other printed material, in his or her premises as well as on delivery vehicles.
A Royal Warrant is initially granted for five years, after which time it comes up for review by the Royal Household Tradesmen's Warrants Committee. Warrants may not be renewed if the quality or supply for the product or service is insufficient, as far as the relevant Royal Household is concerned. A Warrant may, however, be canceled at any time and is automatically reviewed if the grantee dies or leaves the business, or if the firm goes bankrupt or is sold. There are rules to ensure that the very highest standards are maintained.
For those who think Royal Appointments are just 'political', that they have no real significance in terms of quality, we would like to remind them of the simple fact that companies holding Royal Appointments are considered among the best of their kind in the world. Such distinguished companies as John Lobb, bootmaker; James Purdy & Sons, gun makers; Ede & Ravenscroft, tailors; Turnbull & Asser, shirtmakers; Cornelia James, glove maker; R. Twining & Co., tea merchants ... to name just a few.