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Ever wondered where the royal family get their groceries? Or want to know where they shop for clothes?

They may be the most important people in the kingdom, but even the royal family need to shop. Only the finest will do for our royals, and companies that have been providing goods or services to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales for at least five years are rewarded with a Royal Warrant – the mark of quality, excellence and recognition.

In the late 18th century, Royal tradesmen in Britain began displaying the Royal Arms on their premises and stationery. Queen Victoria ensured Royal Warrants gained the prestige they enjoy today. During her 64 year reign, the Queen and her family granted more than 2000 Royal Warrants, eight times as many as the Queen's uncle, George IV. They included Swaine Adeney and Brigg; both names still hold Royal Warrants today. In 1893, Thomas Brigg and Sons received its first Royal Appointment from Her Majesty Queen Victoria and became the first umbrella maker ever to be honoured with an appointment.

Today, there are around 850 Royal Warrant Holders ranging from grocers, chemists and jewellers to plumbers, barbers and pest control services. Royal Warrants continue to be a prestigious mark of recognition to those who are regular suppliers of goods and services to certain members of the Royal Family.

It’s unlikely that you’ll bump into the royals in a supermarket when you’re in Britain, but thanks to the Royal Warrants we know that they love groceries from London department store Fortnum and Mason; keep up with the trends in Burberry, Pringle of Scotland and Aquascutum, and buy only the finest jewels from the likes of Asprey &Garrard.