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Flag for Leicestershire – Voting Starts

Voting starts today to choose a flag for Leicestershire, the last historic English county to enter the UK Flag Registry. The competition runs in conjunction with BBC Leicester and voting closes at noon on Sunday 29 November. An independent panel has shortlisted six designs which are all available to view here. Vote now and make […]

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World Series of Flags – Penkhull’s cockerel crows again

The World Series of Flags has its first winner. After a record Twitter vote, Penkhull scooped the British, European and World titles. The Stoke-on-Trent community narrowly defeated Tiree for the crown of most popular community flag. Congratulations to two great flags – Penkhull‘s cockerel and Tiree‘s ‘Sun of Barley’. And thanks, too, to all who […]

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Official Skye Flag Raised

The first-ever official Skye Flag was unveiled in Portree on Monday 24 August 2020. The winning flag was chosen after a 15-month design competition that attracted 369 entries – including 200 from local schoolchildren – and over 7,000 votes cast through the West Highland Free Press and its website. Its designer, 9-year-old Calum Alasdair Munro, […]

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Maryhill Flag Competition

The Glasgow district of Maryhill has launched a competition to design a community flag representing the unique character of this proud part of the city. Individuals, schools and community groups can all create proposals for a ‘Flag for Maryhill’. The winning flag will be free to use and available to all. To download a competition […]

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World Series of Flags

Flag Twitter polls go truly international in the inaugural World Series of Flags, hosted jointly by @FlagInstitute, @VexillologyI, @Vexillologie, @DrapeauxSFV, @FlagsMarch. Flags from England, France, Ireland, Scotland, USA and Wales go head to head from Monday 3 August 2020. Each poll in the World Series of Flags lasts 24 hours. The winners of the twelve […]

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FA Cup of Flags – Penkhull Triumphs

A close-fought final to the inaugural FA Cup of Flags ended in triumph for Penkhull (Stoke-on-Trent). Penkhull defeated 35 rivals to secure the proud title of most popular community flag in England and Wales. After big-city Preston took an early lead, the villagers clawed their way back to take 52 per cent of the poll. […]

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Vote Now in the FA Cup of Flags!

The FA Cup of Flags is here! Check out the Flag Institute Twitter poll, #FACupOfFlags – a prestigious competition to identify the UK Flag Registry‘s top flags. From the comfort of your bedroom – covered wall to wall in flags – flag nerd in isolation or sports fan missing your competitive fix, you know you […]

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Happy Birthday, Flag Institute!

The Flag Institute – founded on 23 April 1971 by Dr William Crampton and his band of bold vexillological pioneers – celebrates its 49th birthday today. The Institute sends its thanks and best wishes to all members, friends and colleagues. Your support over the decades is greatly appreciated. Next year, of course, will mark the […]

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Spring 2020 Conference CANCELLED

Following careful consideration of the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flag Institute has decided with regret to cancel the Spring 2020 Conference. In the current extraordinary circumstances, we feel this is the wisest and kindest course of action – and the only means of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of delegates, the Flag Institute […]

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To flag or not to flag

According to The Guardian newspaper, the British government has changed the policy on flying flags on royal birthdays, with local authorities no longer required to raise the Union Flag for Prince Andrew. The Queen’s second son withdrew from public life and royal duties after a disastrous television interview defending his friendship with the late US […]

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