Buck Consultants Ltd., London, boasted recently that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth granted the firm a royal warrant as a supplier of pension systems, according to a company news release.
Exactly why the queen would need pension systems isn't clear, as details of products and services supplied to the royal household are not disclosed, said a spokeswoman for the Royal Warrant Holders Association, who asked not to be named. There are about 850 warrant holders, including one supplier of animal pregnancy screening, seven musical instrument suppliers and no less than seven champagne suppliers.
The spokeswoman said Buck Consultants is the only royally approved supplier of pension systems.
The warrant allows Buck Consultants to use the phrase By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen in its marketing materials. The spokeswoman noted that products and services endorsed by royalty are considered preferred, but the warrant is not meant as the gold seal.
I don't think the royal household would ever say what they prefer is the best, she said. But (the royal warrant) is a mark of excellence. Drew Carter