For Her Majesty's pleasure...
When shopping In England, a Royal warrant signifies a benchmark of true craft and high quality. Royal warrants have been issued for centuries to those who supply goods or services to a royal court. For the shopper it simply means if it’s good enough for the Queen, surely it must be good enough for you. Here are ten of the best royal approved brands.
1. Norfolk Lavender
The lavender that grows from England’s premier lavender farm is harvested with a specially designed machine, and the oil is then distilled using copper stills that were built in 1874. No wonder then that the company’s soaps, lotions and potions smell so wonderfully fresh and have had a Royal warrant since 1936.
2. Royal Doulton
Since a warrant was issued back in 1901 Royal Doulton has become synonymous as the finest of all of Britain’s fine China. Today its porcelain, dinnerware, giftware, cookware, glassware and collectables still stand as a byword for quality, and the Queen would never dream to drink her Earl Grey from anything else.
For almost 200 years Asprey has been associated with a special class of luxury, from everything from bespoke jewellery to ornate luggage. This is a brand that deals in only the finest of materials and design. Isn’t it about time you made your shopping in England truly memorable?
4. Donald Russell
It is widely believed the meat provided by Donald Russell is amongst the most tender and delicious you can find in the UK. This is probably due to the fact that the online butcher specialises in grass-fed, traditionally matured beef and lamb, reared by farmers who care about their animals.
It says a lot about Burberry that for a firm that was founded back in 1852, it is still famous for its quality, innovation and style. And all this in the especially fickle world of fashion. As they say fashion fades, style is eternal. And a gift of Burberry handbag can still save a marriage.
6. Roberts Radio
The Royal family has purchased Roberts Radios since 1939. Their radios have become design classics with the latest technology housed in sleek, simple and functional cases. Mind you they are not about to rest on their laurels having only recently launched the world’s first solar powered digital radio.
The famous London perfume house was founded in 1867 and over the last 150 years has supplied the world with some of the most famous scents including Hammam Bouquet, Blenheim Bouquet, English Fern and Lords. Not that it’s all about the past though, or why else would it be Kate Moss’ fragrance of choice?
Bollinger became the official supplier of champagne to the British court, receiving a Royal Warrant in 1884 from Queen Victoria followed in 1950 by King George VI and the Queen Mother. It’s also James Bond’s bubbly of choice, and anyone, anywhere who has a special occasion to celebrate.
It was Queen Mary who, having played with Hamleys toys as a small child, awarded the shop once known as the “Joy Emporium” a Royal warrant in 1938. The toy shop’s famous Regent Street location has been a London attraction since the early 1830s, and to this day serves as quite possibly the best experience any child (or child at heart) can have.
For those that have been converts to J. Barbour & Sons Ltd enduring, high quality waterproof and outdoor wear their new found fashion renaissance is no mystery. In addition to its iconic waxed and quilted jackets, the company’s sweaters, moleskin clothing and tattersall shirts have elevated pure function to high fashion.
Psst... Handy Hints
If you want a Royal warrant tipple, try Martini Vermouth, wines from Corney and Barrow, champagne from Bollinger or GH Mumm et Cie or a Strongbow cider.
Department stores John Lewis, Waitrose and Selfridges all carry Royal warrants for the supply of various goods and services.
If you have some cash to splash, why not fork out for a classic Bentley or Aston Martin , both car manufacturers that have Royal warrants? Prince Charles drives a DB6 Aston Martin that runs on biofuel.
For high end tailoring and perhaps more Royal warrants than any other street In England, head to London’s Saville Row.