Hospitality uniform specialist Dennys has marked 186 years of combined service between six long-serving employees with a visit by the Princess Royal on 16 February.
The visit at the group's Leatherhead base aimed to honour the employees but also embody the family values of the company, which was established 176 years ago, and granted a Royal Warrant by the Queen in 2013 as a supplier of catering clothing to the royal household.
Master tailor Roger Gustavson explained the difference between a bespoke and made-to-measure suit, and demonstrated his knowledge of textiles to the princess, who completed her visit by awarding long service awards to those with 20 years' service, along with a commemorative plaque for the company.
Dennys Brands managing director Nick Jubert said: "We were delighted and honoured to welcome the Princess Royal to Leatherhead, both to mark our employees' commitment to the business, and to celebrate our continued success as we prepare for the opening of our flagship store in London's West End."
The company has had a shop in London's Soho since 1840, and is to open its second site in Berners Street in April. It will offer made-to-measure suits, shirts, shoes, aprons and accessories all under one roof.
Its products are also available online, and it is also set to open new branches in Hong Kong, as well as develop its distribution in France, Australia and New Zealand.