Royal Warrants and Balmoral Tartan
Over the years, Kinloch Anderson has received many accolades, but particular pride is taken in The Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
In order to be considered for the granting of a Royal Warrant of Appointment, a company must supply the member of the Royal Family concerned, or their Household, with products or services in significant quantity over a lengthy period of time.
The concept of the Royal Warrant of Appointment dates back to the advent of the monarchy. By the 15th Century, Royal Tradesmen were appointed formally in writing by means of a Royal Warrant issued by the Lord Chamberlain, a practice which continues to this day.
The Royal Warrant has always been recognition of personal service of the highest order. It is granted to a named individual within the company who is then responsible for ensuring that the Warrant is correctly used.
There are strict rules which govern the use and display of the Royal Arms, and the final decision to grant a Royal Warrant of Appointment is made by the member of the Royal Family concerned.
In 1903, Kinloch Anderson first supplied King Edward VII tartans and the first Royal Warrant was granted by HM King George V, and subsequently by HM King George VI.
The Balmoral Tartan was designed in 1857 by HRH Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria and was named after their Castle in Deeside. It is composed of different rations of black and white threads which represent the subtle greys of the Deeside granite.
It is the private property of The Royal Family and can only be worn after permission from Her Majesty The Queen. The only other person permitted to wear the Balmoral Tartan is Her Majesty The Queen's Piper, whose kilt and plaid are made in it.