Theme of the Month: The Royal Charter Dinner

The Royal Charter Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Carpenters Hall, London

“On Thursday 31 October, I was delighted to attend a formal banquet at the elegant Carpenters Hall, London, held by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to celebrate the granting of a Royal Charter in recognition of the Company’s pre-eminence, stability and permanence in its role in the furnishings industry. The Royal Charter, on vellum, was presented after the banquet by Lord Kirkham to the Master, Jonathan Hindle.

Royal Charters are used to formally acknowledge established organisations such as cities or universities. Royal Charters differ from Warrants or Letters of Appointment as they are granted in perpetuity. There are only 750 Royal Charters remaining in existence, one of the earliest being granted by King Henry III to the University of Cambridge in 1231.

The dinner was attended by almost 200 Liverymen, Freemen and their guests and the food and wines were, as always, exceptional; scallops in saffron sauce, quail stuffed with sage and black truffles and a delightful pudding of white peach tart with passion fruit sorbet.

Displayed in the foyer of Carpenters Hall was the ripple ash High Chair which had been designed and made by Katie Walker. The High Chair is to be presented to Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the use of HRH Prince George.”

Until next month, Anthony.

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