As a Royal Warrant
By Appointment Grantee, our Annie was invited to St James's Palace to meet HRH
The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. It was her chance to wish his father a very
A Royal Warrant, By Royal Appointment, was granted to Annie
Quigley the owner of Bibliophile by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2011. It is regarded
as a ‘Peerage for Trade’, in recognition of quality service and excellence to
the royal household and came about after 20 years providing books to the royal
libraries. Only two other booksellers (and no publisher) from the entire publishing industry hold
a Warrant - Hatchards of Piccadilly and
Heywood’s Antiquarian of Mayfair.
Very excited as we are attending Guildhall for the
Royal Warrant Holders Annual Banquet. It is a white tie affair -
tailcoats and tiaras - so Vicky here at Bib is doing my hair and Wilma
and the girls have given me fashion advice.
We sat at Top Table with the Duke
of Edinburgh. On being introduced, he
announced that he uses Bibliophile a lot and how long our newspaper is.
That's what keeps me busy I replied. The Guildhall Art Gallery where we
met was full of beautiful Pre-Raphaelite oil paintings by Rossetti et
al, the banqueting hall a medieval walled gothic arched hall with
balconies where buglers played, everyone was dressed to the nines, all
eyes on Prince Philip and our Top table of 20 guests. Only 900 guests watching...
Friends and colleagues in publishing have been thrilled that we are meeting royalty and that our small company has been recognised for service and quality.
Ceremony at Bibliophile June 2011
Presented by Mr. Bob Hall, President Royal Warrant Holders Association.
To read an article from Sunday Telegraph 4th December 2011
The Sunday Telegraph published a
supplement on 4th December about Royal Warrants and featuring some Royal Warrant
holding companies. The focus was on the innovation, craftsmanship and tradition
that are characteristic to Royal Warrant Holding companies. The supplement also
had a seasonal slant to it with a view to Christmas sales.
If you missed
the article, in which we appear on page 9 column 3, and would like to view an online copy then please click here.