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Victoria given a Royal approval
'Very proud’: Left, Shaun Lewis with a red Imperial Velvet carpet like the one fitted in Westminster Abbey for the Royal wedding in 2011.
A KIDDERMINSTER carpet company has been given the royal seal of approval for supplying products fit for the Queen.
Victoria Carpets has been granted the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty – an honour given to individuals or companies who have provided goods or services to the Royal Household for at least five of the past seven years.
Since 2005, the Worcester Roadbased firm has supplied carpeting to Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House and Holyroodhouse. Victoria also supplied the red carpet at Westminster Abbey for 2011’s Royal wedding between William and Catheriine.
Company bosses applied for the accolade a year ago and discovered last month they had been successful, becoming the second Kidderminster carpet firm to hold the honour, after Brintons.
Sales and marketing director Shaun Lewis told The Shuttle: “Everybody is over the moon. It is not just something that is given out – you really have to make your case for it so we are all very proud.”
Victoria’s royal adventure began with a phone call from Buckingham Palace eight years ago, asking if the company would be able to provide a specific cutloop Wilton carpet, which it did.
“A lot of royal palaces use Wilton products and in the Royal Household they replace the carpet like for like,” Mr Lewis explained.
Wilton manager Chris Hunt said the news had spread a “feel-good factor” among Kidderminster workers.
“The workers have always believed they have a great skill and this gives them a boost,” he added. “We are very proud.”
The company holds the warrant for five years and is subject to several requirements, including reporting to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office on sustainability improvements.
“Now we have got it we have to keep to the high standards we have set,” added Mr Lewis. “It is fabulous news, not just for Victoria and its employees who have worked so hard but for the town, which is still the home of carpet.”