A Royal Warrant of Appointment is granted to recognise people or companies who have supplied services or goods to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Queen decides who may grant Royal Warrants. Approximately 800 companies hold a Royal Warrant.

Here are some holders:

Cornelia James – supplies The Queen with gloves

Floris – for perfume

Fortnum and Mason – The Queen’s Grocer and the Prince of Wales’ tea supplier

Here are some photos I took in Fortnums in 2018

Bentley – for luxury cars

Swaine Adeney Brigg – umbrella maker

Barbour – for raincoats

The Goring – a luxury hotel in Belgravia

Tanquerey and Gordon’s – for gin

Heinz – for ketchup and baked beans

William & Son – gold and silversmithing

Hunter – footwear, much favoured by the Queen and Prince Phillip. They both enjoy the outdoors, shooting, hunting or fishing.

Laphroag – Malt whiskey produced on the Isle of Islay since 1815.

Shopping in store

Although I am in my late sixties, I like to get out sometimes for a walk and wear a mask and often gloves. I have avoided public transport since the first lockdown. I live in an area of Tier 2, rapidly moving towards Tier 3 in the UK.

Because I haven’t left home for over a week, I decided to go to a DIY store to look for a bathroom cabinet, more to get out of the house, than any need for furniture, as we are renting. The parking was free, so that was a plus point. My OH and I approached the store wearing masks. There was no sanitiser near the shopping baskets and OH picked one up that was wet and gooey. I had a new handbag and couldn’t find the sanitiser. We didn’t see any security guards and many customers weren’t wearing masks. They were accompanied by children running around (we had forgotten it’s half term). It was also a supermarket selling tinned goods and biscuits etc. We hurried through the food aisles and up the stairs to the flat pack furniture. They had some nice pieces but we couldn’t wait to leave as people weren’t social distancing. It was a relief to get back inside the car, remove the masks and use hand sanitiser. Come back online shopping, all is forgiven.