Possibly instituted as early as England's King Henry II, a Royal Warrant was the practice of recognizing a particular Merchant or Tradesman, as being a “supplier” of goods and service to a King, Queen or member of a Royal Family. Initially, small “emblems” of The Royal Heraldry were placed on placards in front of of these Stores. It was assumed that the merchant or Tradesman was “exclusive” to The Royal in question. This created problems with regards to “who else” the Merchant could “Client”. Additionally, some Royals were “slow to pay” (or in some cases – didn't!). As time progressed however, The Royal Warrant was seen as a major upgrade in the Merchant's business stature. His “emblem” would attract others who not only wished to purchase (if possible) “what” Royalty used – but also provided some sense of “quality” in the goods or services provided. The practice is still very much in use today.