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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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Cover Drive

The Flag Institute makes the pages of the latest (5 February 2020) issue of Country Life! As well as the property, interior design, gardening and cookery articles which are the magazine’s staple, there’s a full-colour cover featuring county flags and a seven-page article by Eleanor Doughty. Extensively quoted are the Flag Institute’s own Communities Vexillologist, […]

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Spring 2020 Conference – Book Now

The Flag Institute is delighted to welcome you to its Spring 2020 Conference, to be held on Saturday 28 March at David Game College, London. Admission is free. Please register here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flag-institute-spring-2020-conference-tickets-8021 – to make sure of your place. Speakers and presentations include… Patrice de la Condamine, Professor of Contemporary History and author of […]

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