Ballyclare Limited proudly holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Specialist Fire Protective Clothing By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen through supplying firefighting suits to the Windsor Castle Fire Service.

Strict regulations govern our Warrant, which allow us to use the legend 'By Appointment' and display the Royal coat of arms on our firefighting suits and other materials such as stationery, adverts and our website. After five years of it being granted our Warrant will be reviewed by the Royal Household Tradesmen's Warrants Committee.

Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition and are granted to people or companies who regularly supply goods or services to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales. Warrant holders represent a large cross-section of trade and industry, ranging from photographers to butchers and from agricultural systems to video production.

History of Royal Warrants

  • Since the Middle Ages suppliers of goods and services to the Sovereign have received formal recognition. In the beginning, this support took the form of Royal charters given collectively to various guilds in trades and crafts.
  • In 1155 Henry II awarded a Royal Charter to the Weavers' Company
  • Henry VIII appointed Thomas Hewytt to 'Serve the Court with Swannes and Cranes and all kinds of Wildfoule'
  • In 1684 goods and services to the Palace included a Haberdasher of Hats, a Watchmaker in Reversion, an Operator for the Teeth and a Goffe-Club Maker
  • In 1789, a Pin Maker, a Mole Taker, a Card Maker and a Rat Catcher were among tradesmen appointed
  • Over time recognition from the Sovereign to tradespeople was formalised by the issue of Royal Warrants.

(Some information for this page has been provided by the official website of The British Monarchy and the Royal Warrant Holders Association.)

Ballyclare holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Specialist Fire Protective Clothing By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen through supplying firefighting suits to the Windsor Castle Fire Service.

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