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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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Scotland votes NO but UK cannot stand still

Citizens throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are waking up this morning in a United Kingdom which is both unchanged and never to be the same again. Whilst the government in Westminster (and indeed many of us in what very nearly became ‘the remainder of the UK’) breathe a collective sigh of relief, politicians of […]

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Will Australia’s flag change if Union is redrawn?

The Australian National Flag, was chosen in a government approved public competition in 1901 and is registered under law as the chief national symbol of Australia. The Commonwealth Parliament approved and passed into law the FLAGS ACT 1953. With the passing of the Flags (Protection of Australian Flags) Amendment Bill 2008 (C2008B00208) the current design […]

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UK Flag design: comments

As Scotland’s vote on independence fast approaches officers of the Flag Institute are being kept very busy answering press enquiries from around the World. Our role as the UK’s national flag charity is to inform any public debate about flags, so we do our best to answer all such enquiries. Here is the result of […]

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NZ Flag: speech at Victoria University

John Key MP, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has made a speech at Victoria University in Wellington, launching his proposal for a referendum on the future on the nation’s flag. You can read the speech here. It is a most impressive, thoughtful and statesmanlike view of the significance of a national flag in the […]

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DCLG flys Cornwall Flag to celebrate St Piran’s Day

Source: www.gov.uk 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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“We are not encouraging a change to the flag”

Source: The Atlantic The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements […]

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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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BBC ‘deluged’ with designs in Flag Institute-inspired debate

Following the national conversation kick-started by the Flag Institute this week on what might happen to the flag of the United Kingdom in the event of Scottish independence, the BBC have admitted that they have since been ‘deluged’ by flag designs submitted by members of the public. Whilst some of the designs were – inevitably […]

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65% think the Union Flag should change if Scotland leaves

Almost 65% of people responding to a recent Flag Institute survey think the Union Flag SHOULD change if Scotland becomes independent. The Scottish Government intends to hold a referendum of the Scottish electorate, on the issue of independence from the United Kingdom, on Thursday 18 September 2014. The question asked in the referendum will be “Should Scotland be […]

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