Fit for royalty: UK counties holding the most Royal Warrants

Our Hypnos beds are famously comfortable – just ask anyone who’s stayed at one of our Premier Inn hotels. However, if that’s not proof enough for you, how about their official recognition from Her Majesty the Queen?  Hypnos beds boast a Royal Warrant, meaning they’re awarded a prestigious seal to show that these are beds are used by the royal household.

And it’s not just Hypnos beds that hold this esteemed seal of approval – businesses all over the country have been honoured with the Royal Warrant. In order to celebrate the suppliers and businesses who have been awarded this prestigious seal, we decided to discover where in the UK is home to the most Royal Warrants.

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What is a Royal Warrant?

What is a Royal Warrant?

A Royal Warrant is a mark of recognition to companies or businesses that have supplied products or services to the following royal households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales, for at least five years, with an ongoing supply agreement. These cover a range of business types from joiners, tailors and food suppliers to pest control and port-a-loos.

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Where in the UK has the most Royal Warrants?

To find out which part of the UK has the most Royal Warrants, we analysed the location of over 700 holders to see which areas provide the most goods and services to the royal households. For the sake of fairness, once we found out how many Royal Warrants each county held, we then considered this in relation to the population size to create our top 15 list*. 

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1. Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire is home to 29 companies that have a total of 35 Royal Warrants granted to them from either HRH The Prince of Wales or HM The Queen. The companies vary from outdoor clothing store Braemer Mountain Sports, to organic butchery Wark Farm, and Cockers who supply award winning roses. Scotland has five of its counties feature in the top ten list, proving the top quality of the products the country produces.

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2. Norfolk

Norfolk has 44 companies boasting a royal seal (but with a population nearly three times as big as Aberdeenshire it comes second in the list). Royal Warrants have been granted to Norfolk-based companies such as Darby Nurseries for their garden plants, George Goddard Ltd for tailoring, Magpie Locksmiths for security services and Sandringham Apple Juice which is served at Buckingham Palace and Holyrood.

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3. Glamorgan

While the number of companies in Glamorgan with a Royal Warrant may seem low at just six, its low population means that’s a pretty impressive number considering its size. Royal Warrant suppliers in the area include PHS Greenleaf landscapers, Tom Smith Christmas greetings products and Mitre Linen Ltd, who create high quality bed linen and towels.

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4. East Lothian

With a population of under 106,000, it’s incredible that East Lothian is still home to four Royal Warrant businesses. Judy Reid Flowers create floral displays for weddings and parties, ClickNetherfield are display case suppliers to the Queen and Aland Coggin Furnishing Consultant provides a range of bespoke cushions, table covers, bedspreads and more.

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5. Berkshire

As the home county of Windsor Castle, the Royal County of Berkshire was bound to feature highly on our list. With 33 Royal Warrant businesses suppliers, there’s an exciting range of offerings enjoyed by the royals within the county. Darvilles of Windsor have held a Royal Warrant to supply groceries to the Queen for more than 60 years, Montmartre create fine, hand-made patisseries for her, and So Chic luxury goods supplier are renowned for their stunning interior design services. 

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6. Buckinghamshire

19 different Buckinghamshire-based businesses have been provided a Royal Warrant for their goods and services. World famous Laurent-Perrier Champagne has a headquarters here, and provides bubbly for HRH the Prince of Wales. Bronnley England creates toilet soaps fit for the Queen and our fantastic Hypnos Beds are created here, providing beddings and upholstery for Her Royal Highness (as well as all Premier Inn hotels!).

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7. Angus

The four companies in the small Scottish county of Angus (with a comparatively small population of just 116,000) include an interesting range of services, from M Lingard Gunmakers, who supply the household of The Prince of Wales to RR Spink & Sons, the official fishmongers to the Queen.

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8. Leicestershire

Leicestershire is home to 14 Royal Warrant holders. Some examples include Frank Hall, a bespoke tailors specialising in riding clothing and supplying to The Prince of Wales, Carr & Day & Martin, a horse care brand that provides saddlery care products to the Queen and BPS Innovative Media LTD who create printed stationary and designs for the royal family.

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9. Lanarkshire
Home to eight Royal Warrant companies, there are some particularly interesting holders in Lanarkshire. Ever wondered where the Queen gets her Port-a-loos? Event-A-Loo are suppliers of executive toilet hire to Her Majesty. Meanwhile Wallace Cameron International Ltd provides first aid dressings to Prince Charles and Dutton & Gavin Textiles Ltd supply window blind materials and components to the Queen.
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10. Argyll
With a population of just over 86,000, Argyll is proud of its two Royal Warrant holding businesses. In fact, the royals lean on the area for some key drinking and dining items: D Johnstone & Co (Laphroaig) Ltd supply single malt and scotch whiskey to The Prince of Wales and Inverawe Smokehouses provide smoked food and hampers, with a focus on Scotland’s incredible seafood.
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11. Greater London
With an impressive 195 Royal Warrant holding businesses, Greater London would feature higher up our list were it not for the fact that nearly 9 million people live in the area. The Queen seems to be a fan of Elizabeth Arden and Clarins cosmetics that are based in the area, while Krug, Lanson, Moet & Chandon and Veuve Cliquot champagne suppliers also all make the list with head offices in the capital.
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12. Cambridgeshire
In Cambridgeshire, there are 15 different businesses that have been awarded the Royal Warrant. Barcham Trees PLC are container tree growers for both the Queen and Prince of Wales, Hain Daniels Group supplies jams and spreads and Sundown Products Limited provides bedding for the Queen’s horses.
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13. Wiltshire
With 15 Wiltshire-based companies holding the Royal Warrant, there are some unique offerings from this county. For example, if the Queen’s looking to get her organ tuned, she’ll head to Walker Organs. Meanwhile, Hugh Todd is considered the Animal Pregnancy Scanners of the royals and Snuggy Hoods Ltd are equine clothing suppliers, making sure her majesty’s horses look and feel as good as she does. 
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14. Dyfed
Dyfed county in south-west Wales has seven Royal Warrant holding businesses, most of which offer services to HRH the Prince of Wales. Corgi Hosiery Ltd supply his socks and knitwear to the Prince of Wales, while the small, family run Mathews Butchers produce his meat and poultry. If he has problems with mice or other vermin, he turns to Preventapest Limited in Carmarthenshire.
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15. Hertfordshire
Home to 22 Royal Warrant businesses, including Autogym – car care suppliers to both the Queen and Prince of Wales. Charles Perry Restorations Ltd are able to help Her Majesty with any repairs needed to her antique furniture, and she feeds her beloved pets with produce from Gilbertson & Page Ltd in Welwyn Garden City.
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So, it’s clear to see our Hypnos beds are in good company! Find out more about Royal Warrants from the Royal Warrant Holders Association and test out our famously comfy beds by staying in one of our Premier Inn hotels.

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Methodology notes

1. Greater London has, unsurprisingly, the most Royal Warrant holders irrespective of population size. To celebrate all of the UK our research above shows which county has the most royal seals relative to population size.
2. We have discounted counties with a population size of less than 50,000 people.
3. Source of Royal Warrant holders: www.royalwarrant.org


Table of counties with the most companies awarded Royal Warrants (not relative to county population size).
 

County

# of Companies with Royal Warrants

Greater London

195

Norfolk

44

Berkshire

33

Aberdeenshire (or the County of Aberdeen)

29

Hertfordshire

22

Surrey

22

Hampshire

21

Buckinghamshire

19

Kent

18

Wiltshire

15

Leicestershire

14

Cambridgeshire

14

Devon

12

Nottinghamshire

12

Staffordshire

11

Gloucestershire

11

Suffolk

10

West Sussex

10

Warwickshire

9

Oxfordshire

9

Lincolnshire

9

Essex

9

Lanarkshire

8

Dyfed

7

Worcestershire

7

Cheshire

7

Glamorgan

6

Northamptonshire

6

Somerset

6

Bedfordshire

5

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