Getting The Royal
Warrant is the coat of arms of the reigning monarch of England.
It is granted by the Sovereign and gives the holder the privilege
of using the Royal Arms in connection with his or her trade or business.
order to receive the Warrant, firms must have supplied goods direct
to the Royal Household Departments for a minimum of three years.
Warrants become void on the death of the reigning monarch and had
to be reapplied for with each new monarch.
Walker & Sons Ltd. was granted the Warrant of Queen Victoria
on September 17, 1898. Queen Victorias coat of arms appeared
on Canadian Club labels soon after.
Queens death, Hiram Walker applied for and received the Warrants
of subsequent Monarch, Edwards VII, George V, George VI and Queen
the later years of Queen Victorias life, Hiram Walker also
held the Warrant for the Prince of Wales. Canadian Club labels with
both the Arms of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales are quite
holding the Royal Warrant for Queen Elizabeth for 10 years, the
Warrant was reviewed and withdrawn. The action was probably political
the Queen no doubt wished to endorse whiskies made in Great
Britain rather than a "foreign" country.
Walker & Sons was the only North American distiller to have
been granted a Royal Warrant.
leading up to Queen Victoria drinking Canadian Club and Hiram Walker
receiving the Royal Warrant are rather interesting.
Victorias physician, Sir William Jenner, ordered her to cease
drinking claret and champagne; he prescribed as a digestive Canadian
Club Whisky and mineral water, in the proportions of four parts
of water to one of whisky.
of Wales tried the prescription, liked it, and it was soon adopted
as the favourite tipple in the Princes "set."
drink now in vogue in the clubs of the metropolis of the Empire
is Walkers Canadian Club Rye
Sir William Jenners
prescription has the endorsement of physicians as well as the pleasant
tingle of aerated waters."
enormous increase in the consumption of Walkers Canadian Club
has been largely due to the desire of the public for a mild spirit,
which makes a most beneficial beverage with cool mineral waters."
from a newspaper article c. 1900
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