The Royal Warrant

Benson & Clegg is a proud holder of the Royal Warrant to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, an honour we have held since 1992. However, this honour is not the first royal patronage in the company’s history. Our first Royal Warrant was received back in 1944, as a result of our most famous customer, His Majesty King George VI.

Perhaps the most famous customer in the benson & clegg ledgers is His Majesty King George VI

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The King had originally been a customer of the company whilst holding the title of His Royal Highness The Duke of York back in 1937, but following his accession to the throne Benson & Clegg were formally granted the honour of the Royal Warrant as his bespoke tailors. This was a glorious achievement and esteemed honour for the firm. In being given this honour, Benson & Clegg were responsible for the creation of the King’s formal attire, including his suits, morning dress, as well as a large proportion of his military uniform. In fact, our tailors were responsible for the King’s famous double breasted overcoat, often seen in many historical photographs. During his reign, King George VI epitomised British sartorial style and sophistication, and his suits were admired across the globe. His clothing represented the best in British tailoring, a tradition we have continued to this day.

What isthe royal warrant?

A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement. The symbol of the Royal Warrant represents a company has achieved the highest standards of service, quality and excellence.

From earliest times the King and court, like any other household, required goods and services — from making garments to creating fine jewellery. Competition for Royal favour was intense and the monarch had the pick of the country's most proficient tradespeople. The earliest surviving record of this Royal approval dates from 1155 when Henry II granted the Weavers' Company a Royal Charter. By the 15th Century the Lord Chamberlain formally appointed Royal tradesmen with a Royal Warrant of Appointment — a practice that continues today. In the 18th Century Royal tradesman began displaying the Royal Arms on their premises and stationery. During Queen Victoria's 64-year reign more than 1,000 Warrants were granted. Today there are around 800 Royal Warrant holders representing a huge cross-section of trade and industry. They range from individuals practising traditional crafts to large organisations operating at the cutting edge of technology. We all share a commitment to the highest standards of quality and service.

WarrantHolder to HRH

Benson & Clegg is a proud holder of the Royal Warrant to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, an honour we have held since 1992.