Archive | December, 2011

Bringing history to life

One company is keeping the ancient art of cleft fencing alive – demonstrating skills and techniques that have stood the test of time Cleft fencing is a craft that dates back to Roman times, but by the end of the 20th century it was becoming a dying art. Inspired by a book written by Cambridge […]

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The key to success

From Beethoven’s home to Buckingham Palace, the UK’s only piano making company has been known for its handmade quality since 1728 All royal warrant holders have a story to tell, but few compare with that of John Broadwood & Sons. The firm has been supplying harpsichords and pianos to the royal family since Burkat Shudi, […]

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An eye for tradition

Independent optician has not lost sight of the importance of offering a high quality, traditional, service to all its customers Traditional standards of quality and service combined with the most advanced eyewear – these are the hallmarks of independent optician Roger Pope and Partners in central London. This is a bespoke service, as favoured by […]

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Seal of approval

On the global stage, the royal warrant is seen as a mark of innovation, the finest quality and service…and good for the environment From electric road sweepers to luxury cars, the royal warrant is seen worldwide as recognising innovation, and British export sales often benefit as a result. For Peter Munnoch, technical sales director at […]

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Restore, renew, revive

The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association supports skilled craftspeople and their work in preserving our heritage Craftsmanship is woefully undervalued in this country and in a recession training has a low priority in every field. However, over two decades the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant […]

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Pump up the pomp

From flock wallpaper to swags and tassels, we like to sneak a bit of British upper-class sophistication into our homes. The secret is doing it in style Grand houses dominate our television screens and our consciousness; from Downton Abbey to the BBC’s The Queen’s Palaces via Country House Rescue, we love to debate the merits […]

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Tea for One

What would you eat if you could have anything you wanted, whenever you wanted it? The Queen prefers it plain and simple The Queen doesn’t seem particularly bothered about food. She oversees the menus at the Palace every week but she tends to be just as interested in what the dogs are going to eat. […]

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Merry glow of times past

In an age of austerity, Christmas traditions, many of them inspired by previous generations of royals, become ever more comforting As families around Britain are contemplating how to orchestrate their Christmas get-togethers, it seems that the Windsors, who usually celebrate at Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, have similar concerns. “Her Majesty looks forward to the […]

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Modern classics wear well

Safe, solid and dependable, the style of the House of Windsor seems far removed from the fast-moving world of fashion, but it has more influence that one might think The Queen’s classic approach is her hallmark, Prince Charles has admitted that he changes his style only once every 25 years and Princess Anne is well-known […]

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A splash of magic

From Buckingham Palace to the foothills of the Himalayas, a famous pepper sauce has been bringing spice to life for more than 140 years I n 2009 the McIlhenny Company, which makes Tabasco, was granted a royal warrant by the Queen, and became the only privately owned US food company to have achieved that honour. […]

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