History

1833 - The title "Supplier to the Court" first appears in the General Archives of the Kingdom, barely 3 years after Belgium achieved independence. The distinction is “intended to reward a trader, craftsman or company whose supplies to the Court stand out by their quality and regularity”.

1935 - More precise conditions of concession are drawn up.

1988 - The Belgian warrant holders create a not-for-profit association. The primary goal is to defend the title given the very many abuses.

1990 - Following thorough investigations, the Steward of the Civil List draws up a list of 92 licensed suppliers. This number is confirmed at the association’s first press conference on February 15 of that year.

1993 - His Majesty King Baudouin dies on July 31 in Motril, Spain. As specified in the conditions of concession, all the suppliers’ licences become null and void and are returned to the Civil List.

1994 - On December 7, the Steward of the Civil List announces the companies and craftsmen to which His Majesty King Albert II has granted the title of "Belgian Warrant Holder". For the first time in the association’s history, all the title-holders are received at the Royal Palace by Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola to receive their warrants. This reception shows the value and importance that the title confers.

2000 - New conditions of concession are introduced by the Royal Palace that are still valid today.

2013 - Upon the change of reign – which also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Association of the Belgian Warrant Holders - 111 official warrants are granted by His Majesty the King. These include some 100 carried on from the list of His Majesty King Albert II. All the members honored in the first list of Licensed Suppliers to the Belgian Court since the new reign received their license personally from Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Castle of Laeken.

2014 - Five new licences are granted by His Majesty the King.

2015 - Three new licences are granted by His Majesty the King.