The Royal Warrant

Khipu are delighted to have been awarded a Royal Warrant in January 2013

The Royal Warrant

The warrant was awarded to Khipu following our delivery and support of services for over 5 years to the Royal Household.

We are very proud that our warrant was the first to be awarded to a “network security provider”.

Royal Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating service, quality and excellence, and are highly prized.

There are around 800 Royal Warrant holders, representing a cross-section of trade and industry ranging from traditional craftspeople to global multinationals operating at the cutting edge of technology.

History of the Royal Warrant

(courtesy of the Royal Warrant Holders Association)

Over the centuries Royal life and tastes changed. Henry VIII appointed Thomas Hewytt to ‘Serve the Court with Swannes and Cranes’ and ‘all kinds of Wildfoule’. The Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 was largely put together by Royal Tradesmen. Charles II’s 1684 list of Royal tradesmen included a Sword Cutter, an Operator for the Teeth, and a Goffe-club Maker. Among the tradesmen supplying the Royal Household in 1789 were a pin maker, a mole taker, a card maker and a rat catcher.

In the late 18th Century Royal tradesmen began displaying the Royal Arms on their premises and stationery. But it was Queen Victoria who ensured that Royal Warrants gained the prestige they enjoy today. During her 64 year reign The Queen and her family granted more than 1,000 Royal Warrants, eight times as many as The Queen’s uncle, King George IV. They included companies such as Fortnum & Mason, Schweppes and Twinings, which still hold Royal Warrants today.

Royal Warrants continue to be a prestigious mark of recognition to those who are regular suppliers of goods and services the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.