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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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Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

Half-masting for Barcelona

Following the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, and the tragic deaths that resulted, it is appropriate that flags should be flown at half-mast on Friday 18th August. The guidance issued by HM Government states only one day of half-masting, but in previous incidents we have had three days of half-masting, so flags could also […]

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The Scene near Borough Market

Half-masting for London Bridge

Following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market, and the tragic deaths that resulted, it is appropriate that flags should be flown at half-mast on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Further guidance should be issued by HM Government on Monday. In the UK you are free to fly the national flag at half-mast […]

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Half-masting for Manchester

Following the explosion at the Manchester Arena, and the tragic deaths that resulted, it is appropriate that flags should be flown at half-mast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Further guidance should be issued by HM Government on Tuesday. In the UK you are free to fly the national flag at half-mast whenever you feel it […]

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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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Flore Flies Full UK Flag Range

BY PHILIP TIBBETTS The Commonwealth Flag Project has taken the opportunity afforded to it by last years registrations of flags for the county of Northamptonshire and the province of Mercia to fly the flag of every layer of identity applicable to its host village of Flore together at the same time. This has resulted in […]

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Flags at Half Mast for King Abdullah

By Alex Crouch The flying of Union Flags at Half Mast following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has not been welcomed by some who question the nation’s human rights record. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP tweeted: “Flying flags at Half Mast on gov[ernment] buildings for the death of Saudi king is a steaming […]

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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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Statement: Flag Institute President

Statement by the Malcolm Farrow, President of the Flag Institute “I would like to endorse most strongly the words of Andrew Rosindell MP – Chairman of the all party Flags and Heraldry Committee. It has been a privilege to work with the Committee for the last six years, during which we have together raised the […]

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