One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) used by manufacturers to indicate that their products are sold to the queen and are therefore of guaranteed quality.
- ‘Her jewellery is by appointment to the Queen and Crown Princess and our own royal family.’
- ‘There is a sweater shop just up the road (by appointment to the Queen).’
- ‘Moreover, having been in business since 1707, it provides items by appointment to the Queen and Prince of Wales.’
- ‘It is by appointment to the Queen and does a huge mail-order range, from calves' liver to French Loue chicken.’
- ‘The village has a church surrounded by a green, flower beds and trees, and shops which proudly display above their doors painted Royal Arms saying 'by appointment' to the Queen or Prince Charles, whose Highland summer retreat, Balmoral, is a few miles upstream.’
- ‘And, after youve spent hours shopping, what better way to end the day than with a glass of champagne, by appointment to the queen, of course.’
- ‘My father was Australia's senior master sail-maker, by appointment to the Queen.’
- ‘Crocks of blue-veined Stilton cheese from the interior dairy areas were stamped that they were by appointment to the Queen herself.’
- ‘Mongeham Post Office, on the way to Deal, sells all you may require including the local Ice cream by appointment to the Queen Mother.’
- ‘The bathroom is beige and brown marble, with yellow apricot and almond toiletries, toilet soap makers by appointment to the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.’
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