Britain's Flag Protocol

The Union Flag is one of the best-known national symbols in the world.  

It’s no surprise that the flag is recognisable worldwide, as it has been around for 400 years, with only small changes.

The Union Flag signifies the unity of the nations that make up the United Kingdom and dependencies, and demonstrates the bonds of citizenship which we all share.  Whatever our differences may be, whatever our faith, culture, political views, ethnicity, first language or traditional customs, we can all stand beneath this flag united together in common purpose.

The Flag Institute, in association with the Flags and Heraldry Committee, an all-party group of the United Kingdom Parliament, has produced a booklet to help and guide you when flying the flag in a variety of situations - it provides a few simple rules to ensure that the flag is flown correctly and is treated with dignity and respect.

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