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Badge of the March Pursuivant - a red lion rampant with red rose and gold coronet

Philip Tibbetts joins Scotland’s Lyon Court

Congratulations to our Communities Vexillologist Philip Tibbetts on his appointment as an Officer of Arms in Scotland’s Lyon Court. On 1 September Philip became March Pursuivant Extraordinary, having served as Honorary Vexillologist to the court since 2018. His new title dates back to 1515 and pertains to the Marches, i.e the modern Dumfries and Galloway […]

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Flags of the UK's historic counties fly in Parliament Square, 23 July 2021

County flags star in Commons debate

The county flags of England, Scotland and Wales starred in the House of Commons on Thursday 22 July. To date 52 historic counties have entered a flag in the UK Flag Registry. And to celebrate Historic County Flags Day on 23 July, the flags flew together in Parliament Square, London. Among them were newcomers Herefordshire […]

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The Leicestershire Flag: first raised on 19 July 2021 in Parliament Square, London

Leicestershire Flag unveiled

Congratulations to Leicestershire – the latest and last of the 39 historic English counties to enter the UK Flag Register. The new Leicestershire Flag displays a cinquefoil (five-petalled flower) above a running fox on a red-and-white-zigzag background. These traditional emblems appear throughout the county – used by towns, sports clubs and organisations alike. The fox […]

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Leicestershire Flag vote

Voting ran from Monday 16 November to Sunday 29 November in the BBC Radio Leicester-run competition to choose a flag for Leicestershire – the last historic English county to enter the UK Flag Registry. View the shortlisted designs here. And watch out for the announcement of the winner!    

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Penkhull Flag: a yellow cockerel on sky blue with a yellow oval; placed on a yellow saltire on a green field

World Series of Flags: Penkhull cockerel crows again

The World Series of Flags has its first winner. After a record Twitter vote, Penkhull scooped the British, European and World titles. The Stoke-on-Trent community narrowly defeated Tiree for the crown of most popular community flag. Congratulations to two great flags – Penkhull‘s cockerel and Tiree‘s ‘Sun of Barley’. And thanks, too, to all who […]

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Skye Flag: light blue field, yellow Scandinavian cross and interlaced white ring; a yellow birlinn in canton

Skye Flag unveiled

The first-ever official Skye Flag was unveiled in Portree on Monday 24 August 2020. The winning flag was chosen after a 15-month design competition that attracted 369 entries – including 200 from local schoolchildren – and over 7,000 votes cast through the West Highland Free Press and its website. Its designer, 9-year-old Calum Alasdair Munro, […]

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Maryhill Flag competition

The Glasgow district of Maryhill has launched a competition to design a community flag representing the unique character of this proud part of the city. Individuals, schools and community groups can all create proposals for a ‘Flag for Maryhill’. The winning flag will be free to use and available to all. To download a competition […]

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Penkhull Flag: a yellow cockerel on sky blue with a yellow oval; placed on a yellow saltire on a green field

World Series of Flags

Flag Twitter polls go truly international in the inaugural World Series of Flags, hosted jointly by @FlagInstitute, @VexillologyI, @Vexillologie, @DrapeauxSFV, @FlagsMarch. Flags from England, France, Ireland, Scotland, USA and Wales go head to head from Monday 3 August 2020. Each poll in the World Series of Flags lasts 24 hours. The winners of the twelve […]

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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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Cover drive

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

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