Royal Standard Flag: When the Queen is present...



  • The Royal Standard Flag is the only other British flag that can be flown in government buildings or on official occasions, apart from the Union Jack.
  • You will see it flown in buildings when the Queen is visiting, in her car when she is traveling, or in the royal residences when the Queen is there.
  • The standard below is used only for the Queen. Other members of the Royal family use different standards.


Royal Standard Flag




Symbols of the Queen's Standard

  • It is made of four quadrants. The top left and bottom right are identical.
  • Three gold lions in passant gardant (striding to left, head turned towards viewer) on a red field. This represents the ancient kingdom of England.
  • The top right quadrant depicts a red lion rampant (standing on rear legs) on a gold field symbolizes ancient Scotland.
  • The bottom left quadrant represents the ancient kingdom of Ireland with the harp taken from its coat of arms and set on a blue field.


So there... Since Northern Ireland belongs to the United Kingdom, the Queen's Standard and the Union Jack are the official flags.

The Ulster Flag was the official flag until 1972... but it is still popular and used unofficially.



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