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Flags on UK Government Buildings

The Lord Chamberlain’s Department, through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the national Executives, issues a list of Flag Days on which UK Government buildings should fly the national flag.

This does not prevent them flying the national flag on any other day that they feel is appropriate or desirable.

Flag

Date 2015

Occasion

Union Flag

9 January

Birthday of The Duchess of Cambridge

Union Flag

20 January

Birthday of The Countess of Wessex

Union Flag

6 February

Her Majesty's Accession

Union Flag

19 February

Birthday of The Duke of York

Union Flag

1 March

St David’s Day (in Wales only)

Commonwealth Flag

9 March

Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)

Union Flag

10 March

Birthday of The Earl of Wessex

Union Flag

17 March

St. Patrick's Day (in Northern Ireland only)

Union Flag

21 April

Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

Union Flag

23 April

St George’s Day (in England only)

European Flag

9 May

Europe Day

Union Flag

2 June

Coronation Day

Union Flag

10 June

Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh

Union Flag

13 June

Official Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday

Union Flag

21 June

Birthday of The Duke of Cambridge

Union Flag

17 July

Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall

Union Flag

15 August

Birthday of The Princess Royal

Union Flag 15 September Birthday of Prince Harry

Union Flag

8 November

Remembrance Day (second Sunday in November)

Union Flag

11 November

Armistice Day

Union Flag

14 November

Birthday of The Prince of Wales

Union Flag

20 November

Her Majesty’s Wedding Day

Union Flag

30 November

St Andrew’s Day (in Scotland only)

 

Also on the day of the opening of a Session of the Houses of Parliament by Her Majesty and the day of the prorogation of a Session of the Houses of Parliament by Her Majesty (see note 5). In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the day of the opening and prorogation of a Session of their Parliament or Assembly.

 

Notes:

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

2.       The Union Flag should fly alongside the European Flag. On Government buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union Flag should take precedence.

3.       Date announced annually.

4.       Flags should be flown right up all day.

5.       Flags should be flown on this day even if Her Majesty does not perform the ceremony in person. Flags should only be flown in the Greater London area.

6.       European, United Nations Flag to be flown instead of Union Flag.

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