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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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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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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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