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Dr Whitney Smith

In Memoriam: Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith Jr. of Winchester, Massachusetts, the preeminent scholar on all aspects of the history, symbolism, and significance of flags, died on 17 November 2016. Smith was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on 26 February 1940. He became interested in flags at the age of five and received constant encouragement from his parents, Whitney Sr. and […]

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Flag Institute Adopts New Flag & Emblem

On the 18th November 2016, at the Flag Institute’s Council Meeting in Birmingham, the Institute formally adopted a new flag and emblem. The previous flag and emblem had been designed by the former Director of the Flag Institute, the late Dr William Crampton, in 1971, when the Institute was founded. The design commemorated the founding […]

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Italian Earthquake

Italian Earthquake – National Mourning

In central Italy, in the early morning of Wednesday 24 August 2016, at least 240 people were killed when a 6.2 earthquake hit the region around Accumoli, including the town of Amatrice and the village of Pescara del Tronto. At the time of writing rescue workers are still searching for survivors amidst the ruins of the houses. Obviously current efforts […]

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French National Mourning for Nice

In Nice, on the night of Thursday 14 July 2016, at least 84 people were killed by a lorry driver deliberately crashing into the crowds on the Promenade des Anglais, where they were gathered to celebrate Bastille Day and watch a fireworks display. Following these tragic events, the French government has announced national mourning for the […]

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Staffordshire County Flag Vote Result

County Flags have become an important part of our regional and national identity. Most English counties have a recognised County Flag, but Staffordshire did not. The Flag Institute maintains the Register of County Flags and works with county organisations to come up with suitable designs. The County Flags are based on the historic counties of […]

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Staffordshire County Flag Vote

County Flags have become an important part of our regional and national identity. Most English counties now have a recognised County Flag, but Staffordshire is yet to obtain one. The Flag Institute maintains the Register of County Flags and works with county organisations to come up with suitable designs. The County Flags are based on […]

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French National Day of Mourning

Following the tragic events in Paris on Wednesday 7 January 2015, when the editorial offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were attacked and twelve people killed, the French government have announced a national day of mourning for the victims on Thursday 8 January. This will be France’s only sixth national day of mourning in the […]

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Flags at Half-Mast for Nelson Mandela

Following the death of President Nelson Mandela on Thursday 5th December, No.10 has announced that flags are to be flown at half mast on Friday 6th December. If normal protocol is followed flags should also be at half-mast on the day of his funeral. The South African flag can be flown at half-mast alongside the […]

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Creating Local & Community Flags

Today at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) the Flag Institute launched its latest flag guide, Creating Local & Community Flags, which aims to help communities design their own flags or organise a competition to design one. DCLG has issued a press release, which can be read here: “New guide for communities to […]

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Flags to Fly for New Prince

Following the happy announcement of the birth of a son to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it has been decided that the HM Government buildings should fly the Union Flag at full mast from 8am until 8pm, today, Tuesday 23 July 2013. Local authorities, companies and individuals are not bound by […]

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