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Chair of F&HC calls for immediate action on UK flag

Statement by Andrew Rosindell MP, Chair of Flags and Heraldry Committee “Since our founding in 2008, the Flags and Heraldry Committee has worked with the Flag Institute to promote proper governance of our national symbols. Together we have pushed government hard to recognise the importance of the kind of basic care of our national flag […]

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Historic County Flags Day – Press Release

The following is a press release issued by the Association of British Counties. “A national day of celebration has been announced by the Association of British Counties to encourage the population of Great Britain to display their county flag in honour of their historic county. The inaugural annual Historic County Flags Day will be on […]

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Union Flag or Union Jack? The answer

Controversy persists about whether the British national flag should be called “the Union Flag” or “the Union Jack”. Though the general public almost universally uses “Union Jack”, some are convinced that “Union Flag” is the correct term and that “Union Jack” should be used only when the flag is flown from the jack-staff in the […]

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FI President on BBC World Service & CBBC Newsround

The Flag Institute is an educational charity, and we work hard to spread knowledge and understanding of flags to all age-groups. For that reason we are especially pleased to have been featured on CBBC’s Newsround this week.  On Tuesday FI President, Malcolm Farrow, somehow managed to make flags sound appealing to CBBC youngsters, the international […]

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DCLG flys Cornwall flag to celebrate St Piran’s Day

Source: St Piran’s Day is named after Cornwall’s patron saint of tin miners and is celebrated far and wide on 5 March each year. The day first started being observed in the late 19th and early 20th century and has become increasing popular since the 1950s. In recent years celebrations and parades marking 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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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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A Very ‘Flaggy’ 2012

The year 2012 has been a real vexillologist’s dream. The Jubilee processions, parties and parades, not to mention the London 2012 Olympic events have all been very rich in flag displays. Below are a just a few pictures of the flags we have seen during 2012.  

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Freedom to Fly Flags

Mr Pickles unveiling his proposals at the Flag Institute Spring Meeting in 2011 The following press release is the official Flag Institute response to the announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government on the relaxation of UK flag regulations on 20 September 2012:   The United Kingdom is Unique The UK is perhaps […]

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