If you’re a business, scoring a royal warrant is kind of like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Warrants are handed out to companies which have been favourites of the royals for at least five years, and they can only be given by the most senior members of the family, meaning the Queen, Prince Philip or Prince Charles.
Before companies are awarded royal warrants, they must put in an application and then undergo rigorous background checks by the Association of Royal Warrant Holders’ selection committee.
If they pass, they are then permitted to display the Royal Arms of the relevant household on their packaging.
But even if they do manage to get one, there’s no guarantee they’ll actually keep it.
British luxury lingerie retailer Rigby & Peller was stripped of their royal warrant in January of this year after the company’s director, June Kenton, wrote about having bra fittings with the Queen in her book, Storm In a D Cup.
The royal warrant first started with King George III way back in the 1700s, and it’s been in place ever since.
Today, there are around 800 brands which carry the royal warrant.
We rounded up a few of them, just in case you feel like living like a queen…
Fortnum & Mason
Think of this place as an upscale supermarket. Fortnum & Mason is so popular with the royals, it holds two royal warrants – one from the Queen and the other from Prince Charles.