Flying the flag

Did you Know ? .................

That there are 19 specific days each year on which the Union Flag should be flown on command of His Majesty on Government buildings (generally accepted to mean buildings owned or used by the crown and predominately occupied by Civil Servants or His Majesty's Armed forces).  When flown, the Union Flag should be raised at 8 am and lowered at sunset.


Individuals, local authorities and other organisations (that's us!) may fly the Union Flag whenever they wish, subject to compliance with any local planning requirements.


                 Occasion Flag            
  Epiphany Diocesan Flag
  Easter Day Diocesan Flag
  Birthday of the King Union Flag
  St Georges Day Flag of St George
  Ascension Day Diocesan Flag
  St Augustine's Day Diocesan Flag
  Coronation Day Union Flag
  Whitsunday Diocesan Flag
  Trinity Sunday Diocesan Flag
  Sovereigns Official Birthday Union Flag
  Birthday of Prince William Union Flag
  Birthday of Prince George Union Flag
  Remembrance Day Union Flag
  Remembrance Sunday Union Flag

Flying Flags at Half Mast

Half mast doesn't actually mean that flags are flown half way up the flagstaff; flags are actually flown two-thirds up.  When raising the flag it should always be hoisted to the top of the flagpole and then lowered back down to the half mast position.  Likewise before it is lowered at sunset, it should first be hoisted to the top before lowering completely.

Which way is up ?

The Broader diagonal white stripe must be at the top of the flag on the side nearest the flagpole.





So this is correct ...................................




And this is upside down! ................

And ........... Our Vimpel.   Usually seen more frequently in Scandanavian countries, a Vimpel is a long triangular banner that is flown every day of the year whenever a normal flag isn't being flown.  Our Vimpel, with the cross of St George, should be fluttering in the breeze as we speak. 

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