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New Utah state flag

New state flag for Utah

The US state of Utah has a new state flag – but only by five votes. The flag bill now awaits the signature of the state governor before it becomes law. As reported in Flagmaster 165, the new flag features a prominent gold hexagon containing a beehive and a five-pointed Utah star. The hexagon represents […]

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Coronation emblem revealed

Buckingham Palace has revealed King Charles III’s official coronation emblem, created by Sir Jony Ive. Sir Jony is famed for his innovative, sleek designs for Apple, including the iPhone, and for his LoveFrom creative collective. The coronation emblem, however, is a more traditional image. It combines the national emblems – roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks […]

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Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 1926-2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022 The Flag Institute is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle on the 8th September, 2022. Her Majesty’s over 70 years of service as our Queen has been inspirational and her steadfast hand at the helm of this […]

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Platinum Jubilee flag showing the official Platinum Jubilee Emblem on a purple ground

Flags for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

HM Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for longer than any other British monarch and celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Flags, of course, will play a big part in the festivities. There is no official Platinum Jubilee flag so various styles are available – including many that display the official Platinum Jubilee Emblem (shown left). […]

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flag of ukraine: horizontal bicolour of sky blue over yellow

Flag of Ukraine

The Blue-and-Yellow and its struggle to fly. The sky blue and yellow of the flag of Ukraine have become the symbol of international solidarity with the Ukrainian people and of protest against the Russian invasion. Except in Russia and a few satellite states, the Ukrainian flag is flying widely. And its colours light up famous […]

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House of Commons flag: a yellow portcullis below a coronet on a green field

A New Flag for the House of Commons

Tuesday 11 May 2021 saw the first flying of a new flag for the House of Commons. Graham Bartram, Chief Vexillologist of the Flag Institute, designed it at the request of the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle. The flag consists of a gold parliamentary portcullis and coronet on a field of House of Commons green. The […]

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Half mast for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the very sad news of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, flags will be flown at half-mast from now until, and including, the day of the funeral, unless Her Majesty The Queen issues special commands. The funeral arrangements will be announced by Buckingham Palace and published on the Royal website. […]

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Union Flag: new official guidance

Following the publication of new official guidance, the Union flag is set to fly year round on UK Government buildings in England, Scotland and Wales. The current guidance requires only that UK Government buildings in these three countries fly the Union flag on designated days. From summer 2021, however, the Union flag will fly daily […]

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More flags at UK Parliament

Flags are flying in the House of Commons precincts, an historic first that sends an ‘important message of welcome’ to all. Following a Commonwealth Day ceremony on Monday 8 March, three flagpoles now stand at ground level in New Palace Yard. The location offers much greater visibility than the existing flagpoles high on Portcullis House […]

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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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