Queen Elizabeth II's favored goods and services are recognized with a Royal Warrant, the ultimate mark of quality. Most are listed by The Royal Warrant Association, gatekeepers to the Royal Household, and each one gives an insight into life behind palace walls.
Bentley & Skinner —
The Queen's Jewelers and Silversmiths buy, sell and hire jewelery. They have a workshop in London where they do repairs and restoration work. They also take on special commissions -- including Damien Hirst's famous diamond skull, "For the Love of God." The Company was first invited to supply jewelery to the British Royal Family in the latter years of Queen Victoria's reign.
Chalmers Bakery —
The Queen's Bakers and Confectioners is a family-run business in Aberdeenshire. Their trademark Balmoral Bread is a recipe created for the Royal Household more than 20 years ago, using wholemeal rye and different flours. Director Pamela Chalmers' parents started the company 61 years ago.
Justerini & Brooks —
One of the oldest continuous members of this elite 800-strong club is Justerini & Brooks. Founded in London in 1749, the merchant has been supplying fine wine to every successive British monarch since the coronation of George III in 1761. With collectors and connoisseurs in over 60 different countries, they have more than 3,000 wines from the world's greatest chateaux, estates and domains and hold almost £200m ($265m) of wine on behalf of their customers, in Cellarers Wines Ltd.
Rupert Harris Conservation —
Based in East London, the Queen's Conservators of Metalwork and Sculpture have worked at most of the Royal residences -- notably a bronze sculpture at Sandringham and internal decorative objects at Buckingham Palace. Their team of conservators specialize in everything from jewelery to monumental pieces. Their clients include Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust and most major public museums.
Cornelia James Ltd —
The company's founder, Cornelia James, arrived in England in 1939 as a refugee, having studied art and design in her native Vienna. She built up a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores.
Slightly Potty —
Slightly Potty holds a Royal Warrant as the Queen's Supplier of Silk Flowers and Arrangements. The company, based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, creates unique arrangements of realistic silk flowers. Its owner, Serena Richards, began her career with fresh flowers. In Hong Kong, she found inspiration to work with silk flowers. "They're wonderful because there's no wastage," she said. Her arrangements are displayed within all the Royal residences.
This family business holds a Royal Warrant as the Queen's Chimney Sweeps. Based in Crawley Down, West Sussex, they are chimney, fireplace and stove experts and service all the Royal residences.
Axminster Carpets —
Holding a Royal Warrant as the Queen's Carpet Manufacturer, Axminster Carpets have been supplying luxury wool carpets to the Royal Household since the time of George III. They continue to use traditional weaving methods in the Devon market town of Axminster. Thomas Whitty first began making Axminster-method carpets in 1755. Today, the carpets are sold to Royal residences, stately homes, luxury hotels and private homes worldwide.