Grocery chain Waitrose has been awarded a second Royal Warrant for supplying Prince Charles with food and drink.

From January 1 the 241-supermarket chain, part of the John Lewis Partnership, will hold a Royal Warrant as grocer and wine and spirit merchant to the Prince of Wales

Waitrose already has a Warrant as a supplier to the Queen and held another as grocer to the Queen Mother until 2007.

Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: “To hold two Royal Warrants is a huge honour and I know how pleased and proud everyone at Waitrose will be when they hear the news of this award by His Royal Highness.”

Waitrose originally won a Royal Warrant in 1928 for supplying King George V with groceries and cleaning materials. The warrant went to the Windsor branch, which retailed Queen Mary’s favourite honey soap.

The retailer also has a licensing and distribution agreement with Prince Charles’s Duchy Originals business.