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Royal Warrant, By Royal Appointment


A Royal Warrant, By Royal Appointment, was granted to Annie Quigley, the owner of Bibliophile by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2011.


A Royal Warrant is regarded as a ‘Peerage for Trade’ in recognition of quality service and excellence to the royal household. It came about after 20 years providing books to the royal libraries. Only two other booksellers from the entire publishing industry hold a Warrant - Hatchards of Piccadilly and Heywood’s Antiquarian of Mayfair.

The Royal Warrant of Appointment signifies a satisfactory trading arrangement exists between the Grantor and the Grantee of a particular company. This special arrangement between the Monarchy and trade has existed since the Middle Ages, but it was on 25 May 1840 that the present association was created with the formation of the Royal Tradesmen’s Association. In 1907 the Association was incorporated by Royal Charter and changed its name to the Royal Warrant Holders Association. The original Charter was replaced by a Supplemental Charter in 2007.


See Bibliophile's Press coverage in Raconteur in the Times - Turn to page 6 to read a little of how special it is to receive a Royal Warrant and the history of the award.