In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, companies that were issued Royal Warrants to use the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom during her reign may have to reapply. The Royal Arms is used by the UK’s monarch in their official capacity. As explained by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, a Royal Warrant gives its holder the right to display the Royal Arms on their product, packaging, stationary, advertising, premises, and vehicles.
To qualify for a Royal Warrant, a business must provide its products or services to the Royal Household on an ongoing, regular basis for no less than five years out of the past seven. Such businesses must also show that they have sustainability policies upon applying for the right to use the famous symbol.
Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne for nearly 71 years. During her time in power, she granted approximately 686 Royal Warrants to companies including Heinz, Coca-Cola, Tabasco, Schweppes, Nestle, Cadbury, Johnnie Walker, Dewar’s, Kellogg, Veuve Clicquot, and Moet & Chandon. Such companies are only permitted to continue using the Royal Arms for two years following the Queen’s death, which voided her Royal Warrants. Thereafter, the Queen’s Royal Warrants are subject to review by King Charles III, the UK’s new reigning monarch.