The Royal Warrant and copyright

Read more about the designation "The Royal Warrant"

Den kongelige krone tegnet af Claus Achton Friis i 1972.
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Appointment as a ¨Purveyor to Her Majesty¨ - known as the Royal Warrant - gives the holder permission to use the designation and an image of the crown along with the company’s name on signs, letterhead, packaging and labels. The designation is conferred by Her Majesty The Queen. It is granted to a single person in a company, usually the owner, the managing director or the chairman of the board of directors. However, this person may not call himself a Purveyor to Her Majesty. If there is a change in ownership, the company must reapply to the Lord Chamberlain for the designation.

To become a Purveyor to Her Majesty, an applicant must have, among other things, an established record of being a supplier to the Court over a number of years. Businesses that have the special designation supply a broad range of goods and services, including skilled trades, flowers, cars, furs, wines and sanitation. Today, there are 100 Danish and 6 foreign holders of the Royal Warrant.

The Royal House no longer distinguishes between the designations Purveyor to Her Majesty and Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court. Today, only the title Purveyor to Her Majesty is given, and those who want the title of  Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court have to apply for a formal change of the designation. 

Use of the Royal Coat of Arms and Crown
The crown and a company’s name must always remain together. The crown must be placed on top with the Purveyor designation written underneath and the company’s name appearing at the bottom. The Danish word for Royal (Kongelig) can be shortened to Kgl.

The image of the crown may not be used alone and may not be incorporated into a company’s logo. The royal purveyors designated before 16 April 2008 can continue to use either the crown or the royal coat of arms. Purveyors to the Royal Danish Court can only use the crown.

Contact person in the Lord Chamberlain’s Office: Treasurer of the Royal Household Søren W. Kruse, ph. 33 40 25 22

Further information on court purveyors can be seen on the homepage of the firm, Nostras: 
The Royal Court receives a number of enquiries concerning the use of the crown, the royal coat of arms and pictures of the Royal Family.

The crown, the royal coat of arms and the state coat of arms belong to the Royal House and are the nation’s most important symbols. The symbols may be used only by the Royal House, state institutions and businesses that hold the Royal Warrant.

The image of Christian V’s crown is still used today. It has five visible braces and an orb symbolising the universe. On top is a cloverleaf cross, which symbolises the Monarch’s and the state’s tie to Christianity.

The small national coat of arms is called the state coat of arms. The large national coat of arms is called the royal coat of arms. The latter is encircled by the chains of the Order of the Elephant and the Order of  the Dannebrog and is held by two savages standing in a cloak-shaped pavilion with the crown on top.

Use of photo portraits of official or private persons may not occur without prior permission of the person photographed. Personal symbols, such as monograms, may not be used on packaging or goods, including gift items, without the permission of the person concerned.

It is a violation of fairness provisions in § 1 of the Marketing Practices Act if portraits or personal symbols are reproduced. Please refer to § 14 of the Trademarks Act for further information. It is a violation of § 132 of the Penal Code if the crown or the royal coat of arms are misused.

For further information, contact the State Archive, tel. 45 33 92 33 10, or The Office of The Private Secretary t, tel. 45 33 40 10 10.


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