The Queen’s chimney sweeps have spoken of the “great honor” they felt in serving and meeting the late monarch.
Kevin Giddings and his team based at Crawley Down Milborrow Chimney Sweep have been servicing the chimneys and fires in royal residences such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James’ Palace and Kensington Palace since 2002, when the company was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen.
The company also received a Royal Warrant to the then Prince of Wales to look after the chimneys and fires at Highgrove.
And Milborrow’s sister company Croydon Chimneysowned by Mr and Mrs Gidding’s son Ben, works ‘hand in hand’ with the company on royal projects.
During his 20-year tenure, Mr Giddings was introduced to the Queen six times and also met King Charles when he was Prince of Wales, as well as the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The businessman also met the Queen while he was working in the palaces.
Katie Giddings, Kevin’s wife, said it was a “privilege” to receive the Royal Warrant.
“It was absolutely mind-blowing,” she said.
“It was a great honor and privilege.
“The royal family takes very good care of their purveyors to the court.
“My husband was introduced to Her Majesty six times and each time she spoke to him.
“She was an incredibly knowledgeable lady who even spoke to the chimney sweep about his job and made him feel very important.
“He is absolutely honored and thrilled that the Queen has recognized him as her chimney sweep and once there was an event we were at Buckingham Palace and the Queen pointed to my husband and said it was my chimney sweep.
“As a Royal Warrant holder, you are a member of the Royal Warrant Association, which looks after Royal Warrant holders and organizes various functions and events.
“Often members of the royal family are at these events.
“My husband sat at the same dining table as the late Duke of Edinburgh and we were introduced three times to the Prince of Wales as he was then.
“He treats his Royal Warrant holders incredibly personally.”
The company is now waiting to find out if its royal warrant to King Charles III. who has the final say in the renewal of the royal warrant.
“We have two years to continue to use the warrant issued to Her Majesty the Queen and during those two years all warrants will be reviewed and either reissued to His Majesty or withdrawn,” Ms Giddings said.
Ms Giddings spoke of the “devastation” to the family at the Queen’s death and wished King Charles “all the happiness in the world”.
“Like the rest of the world, we are absolutely devastated by the loss of Her Majesty and wish His Majesty all the happiness in the world in his future reign.
“We have every confidence that he will do a great job,” she said.
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