One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A warrant issued by the sovereign, especially one authorizing a company to display the royal arms, indicating that goods or services are supplied to the sovereign or to a member of the royal family.
- ‘The umbrella maker should have a royal warrant.’
- ‘‘People are getting bolder and bolder,’ confirms Pippa Dougherty, spokeswoman for Hamilton & Inches, the royal warrant jeweller.’
- ‘Today, this rather grand title has been dropped, but the jeweller still holds a royal warrant.’
- ‘Few businesses possess more prestige than the royal warrant holders, founded in 1698.’
- ‘It is understood that he has yet to receive an official explanation or notification that the position - held under a royal warrant - will no longer be his.’
- ‘As well as making branded toiletries - some under royal warrant to the Queen and Prince of Wales - the firm, based in Tiverton, Devon, now also supplies a number well-known brands.’
- ‘The factory secured its first royal warrant in 1775 with supplies to the king, to be followed with a dessert service for George, Prince of Wales, in 1784.’
- ‘They supply most top London restaurants and also hold the Queen's royal warrant.’
- ‘Clive Fairweather said he felt unable to comment on his position, as he had been appointed under a royal warrant.’
- ‘Indeed, the pencil, with its cracked green glaze and white end, is the UK's best-selling premium pencil and boasts a royal warrant.’
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