By Royal appointment Purveyor to the Royal Household

During the reign of King Willem I (1815-1840), the distinction of Purveyor to the Royal Household was awarded to various companies. It applied to enterprises which literally delivered to the Royal Household.

After King Willem III came to the throne (May 12, 1849), the title was given a wider interpretation and actual delivery to the Royal Household was no longer necessary

The king indicated a fundamental principle of 'awarding this right not only to those who stand out in their reliability and excellence'. The bearing of the Royal Crest should also be used as an award for 'services rendered to the progress of trade and industry'.

The honourable title of Purveyor to the Royal Household was award in 1897 by H.M. Queen (Regent) Emma to Gerardus Christiaan Arps Snr., with the right to display the Royal Crest. In 1901, H.M. Queen Wilhelmina also granted this right to Arps & zoon drukkerijen and, in 1991, it was again renewed by H.M. Queen Beatrix.

By Royal appointment Purveyor to the Royal Household