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Flag flying days

Days for Hoisting Flag on Government Buildings and other Flag Flying Days

From 8am - Sunset

Date

Occasion

Flag

     

January 9th

Birthday of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge

Union

January 20th

Birthday of HRH The Countess of Wessex

Union

January 26th

Australia Day

Australian

     

February 6th

Her Majesty's Accession

Union

February 8th

New Zealand Commonwealth Day

New Zealand

February 19th

Birthday of Prince Andrew

Union

     

March 1st

St. David's Day (*)

Welsh Red Dragon

March (2nd Monday)

Commonwealth Day

Union

March 10th

Birthday of The Earl of Wessex

Union

March 17th

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Cross

     

April 21st

Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

Union

April 23rd

St. George's Day (**)

St. George Cross

     

May 5th

Europe Day

EU

     

June 2nd

Coronation Day

Union

June (as appointed)

Official Celebration of Her Majesty
The Queen's Birthday

Union

June 10th

Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh

Union

June 21st

Birthday of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Union

     

July 1st

Canadian Domination Day

Canadian

July 4th

USA Independence Day

USA

July 14th

Bastille Day

French

     

August 15th

Birthday of Princess Anne

Union

     

September 3rd

Merchant Navy Day

Red Ensign

September 15th

Birthday of Prince Harry

Union

     

October 21st

Trafalgar Day

Union

October 24th

United Nations Day

UN

     

November (2nd Sunday)

Remembrance Day (see note 2)

Union

November 14th

Birthday of The Prince of Wales

Union

November 20th

Her Majesty's Wedding Anniversary

Union

November 30th

St. Andrew's Day (***)

St. Andrew's Cross

     
     

Also

The day of the opening of a session at The Houses of Parliament by
Her Majesty (see note 3)

 
     
 

The day of the prorogation of a session of The Houses of Parliament by Her Majesty (see note 3)

 

Notes:

  1. (*) Flags should be flown on this day in WALES only
    (**) Flags should be flown on this day in ENGLAND only
    (***) Flags should be flown on this day in SCOTLAND only

    Where a building has two or more flagstaffs the appropriate National flag may be flown in addition to the Union Flag but not in a superior position.

  2. Remembrance Day is the 2nd Sunday in November. Flags should be flown at full mast.

  3. Flags should be flown on this day irrespective of whether or not Her Majesty performs the ceremony in person, but only on buildings in the Greater London area.

  4. The Royal Standard is never hoisted when Her Majesty is passing in procession: if The Queen is to be present in a building, instructions should be sought through the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works (Secretariat A.2/4)

Rules for Hoisting Flags of Government Buildings
THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS ARE CIRCULATED BY HER MAJESTY'S COMMAND TO THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES CONCERNED

DATES ON WHICH FLAGS ARE TO BE FLOWN
The dates named in the accompanying schedule

The only additions to the schedule will be those notified to the Ministry of Public Building Works by Her Majesty's command and they will be communicated by the Ministry of Public Building and Works to the other Departments.

PROVINCIAL BUILDINGS
The schedule applies to provincial as well as to London Buildings (but see notes 1 & 3) where it has been the practice as in the case of some Customs Houses, to fly the flag daily, that practice may continue.

OCCASIONS ON WHICH FLAGS ARE TO BE FLOWN AT HALF MAST
(a) From the announcement of the death up to the funeral of the Sovereign, except on Proclamation Day, when which they are hoisted full mast from 11am - sunset.
(b) The funerals of members of The Royal Family, subject to special commands from Her Majesty in each case.
(c) The funerals of Foreign Rulers, subject to special commands from Her Majesty in each case.
(d) The funerals of Prime Ministers and ex-Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom
(e) Other occasions by special command of Her Majesty which will be communicated by the Ministry of Public Building and Works to other departments.

RULES WHEN DAYS FOR FLYING FLAGS COINCIDE WITH DAYS FOR FLYING FLAGS AT HALF MAST
To be flown :

(a) Although a member of the Royal Family or, near relative of the Royal Family, may be lying dead unless special commands are received from Her Majesty to the contrary.
(b) Although it may be the day of the funeral of a Foreign Ruler.

If the body of a very distinguished subject is lying at a Government Office the flag may fly as half mast on that office until the body has left (provided it is a day on which the flag would fly) and then the flag is to be hoisted full mast. On all other Public Buildings the flag will fly as usual.

 

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