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Penhaligon's honoured with Royal Warrant from His Majesty The King

Sophie Smith
13 May 2024

British fragrance brand Penhaligon's is among the companies to be granted a Royal Warrant by HM King Charles III.

Founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a Cornish barber who moved to London and became Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria, Penhaligon's has maintained a close connection to the British Royal Family throughout its history.

Upon William's death in 1902, Penhaligon's was awarded its first-ever Royal Warrant by Queen Alexandra in 1903.

During the late Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the brand added two more Royal Warrants to its name, from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and HRH The Prince of Wales (now HM The King) in 1988.

It also later strengthened its relationship with King Charles - then HRH The Prince of Wales - with a fragrance collaboration two years ago, inspired by the bountiful blossoms and fruits found in royal private residence Highgrove during the summer months.

The new Royal Warrant for Penhaligon's follows a review of firms granted Royal Warrants by Charles when he was the Prince of Wales, with 138 again given the special status now he is King, and a further seven named as holders by the monarch and his wife.

A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a document that permits a company to use the Royal Arms in connection with its business. It is granted for up to five years at a time as a mark of recognition for the ongoing supply of goods or services to the Royal Household.

Companies holding Royal Warrants represent a huge cross-section of trade and industry. They are united by a commitment to the highest standards of service, quality, excellence and craftsmanship.

Also among those who have retained warrant status is luxury jeweller Cartier and high-end supermarket Waitrose, as well as fashion brands Burberry, Barbour and Gieves and Hawkes, and car manufacturers Aston Martin Lagonda, Bentley and Audi.

In addition, luxury department store Fortnum & Mason is among the first organisations to be granted a Royal Warrant by the Queen.

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, it was also revealed that companies that held a single Queen Elizabeth II Royal Warrant are currently being reviewed for new Royal Warrants and successful applicants will be informed later in the year.

It comes after approximately 800 firms were required to re-apply for a Royal Warrant following the death of the Queen, with its website stating at the time: "The Royal Household will review Warrant grants upon a change of the reigning Sovereign."

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