With The Royal Wedding tomorrow, celebrating the union of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, we thought – as Royal Warrant Holders and firm supporters of the Royal Family – we would ask the tailors here how they will be spending the day. After purchasing the last Union Flag from Paperchase on Piccadilly, we got on with the business of getting in the mood.
How will you be spending tomorrow Brian?
I will be running my usual Saturday chores before getting back to watch the ceremony at noon.
With the usual tipple Brian?
Yes, I might break into the evening’s quota of Adnams.
Bespoke tailors Paul Munday, Malcolm Plews & Brian Lewis
What are your thoughts on the Royal Wedding?
We do weddings very well: the pageantry on display is unmatched.
Were you saying we have a connection to tomorrow’s Royal event?
Yes, we do. We are Royal Warrant Holders to the Queen, specifically to the Military Knights. The Knights are retired military officers who receive a pension and accommodation at Windsor Castle. One of their jobs is to provide support for services at St George’s Chapel, which is where the wedding is taking place.
How did the Military Knights come into being?
King Edward III constituted the Military Knights after the Battle of Crecy in 1346. They were captured by the French and as part of the ransom had their estates liquidated. On their return, King Edward gave them grace and favour at Windsor Castle. Initially called the Poor Knights, William IV changed their name around 1830 to the more appropriate Military Knights.
So what do we do as Royal Warrant Holders?
We make their full dress (red tunics) and the less ceremonial undress (black coats) for the winter. We are proud to say we have had this Royal Warrant since 1952.
Our past Royal Warrants
On to another Royal Warrant holder, Malcolm Plews. How will you be spending tomorrow?
For the last Royal Wedding (Prince William and Kate Middleton) I hosted a party for family and friends at home in Bexhill. It was a great day. This time, my sister is hosting.
What time is she expecting you all?
Nine am sharp; welcomed with the first of many champagne corks being popped.
After numerous attempts, we get a smile from Mr Munday
Sounds like a fun day Malcolm. Finally, we have director Mr Munday. How will you be spending tomorrow Paul?
Relaxing. I’ve just come back from an overseas trip so looking forward to watching it at home. We have a friend visiting, so I’m on brunch duty and have already purchased the goods.
What’s on the Wedding Day brunch menu, Paul?
Locally sourced sausages; Jackson's bread toasted, wild mushrooms, baked beans and Duchy Organic eggs funnily enough.
Duchy Organic partnership between Waitrose and the Duchy Originals company, a company set up by Charles, Prince of Wales in 1990 and named after the Duchy of Cornwall estates that are held in trust by the Prince of Wales.
We will then raise a glass of bucks fizz when they tie the knot.
Sounds great Paul, thank you.
Well there you go, a snapshot of how the bespoke tailors here will be celebrating the special day. It just leaves us to wish Meghan & Prince Harry joy, love and happiness both on the wedding day and for the years ahead. And let's not forget you, our dedicated reader, and hope you enjoy the Royal Wedding too.