Fortnum & Mason has held a number of warrants dating back over nearly 150 years. On March 2nd, 1863 we were appointed Grocers to HRH the Prince of Wales; on April 1st, 1867 Oilmen to their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein; October 5th, 1867 Furnishers to the Establishment of HRH the Crown Princess of Prussia, Princess Royal of Great Britain and Ireland; December 12th, 1867 Confectioners and Foreign Warehousemen to HRH the Princess of Wales; June 8th, 1887 Foreign Warehousemen to HRH the Prince of Wales; July 16th Purveyors of Oilery to HM the Queen.
To qualify for application of a Royal Warrant, a company must have supplied the Warrant Grantor with goods over a period of at least three years. An application is then lodged for consideration at the annual meeting of the Royal Household Tradesmen's Warrants Committee. Consideration is given to the quality of goods provided and the standard of service. If the committee agrees with the application, a recommendation is made to the head of the relevant household. The final decision is made by the appropriate member of the Royal Family. The Warrant is normally granted for ten years, after which it is automatically reviewed. The grantee must, however, re-register on an annual basis.