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flag flying

Flying the Union Flag

UK Government Departments have the freedom to fly the Union Flag on their buildings all year round in addition to the designated fixed flag flying days. It is a matter for individual Departments to decide whether to fly the Union Flag outside of these designated fixed flag flying days.   

We encourage everyone to follow this example, to champion the Union flag and fly it daily as a symbol of national pride.

The College of Arms - the Crown body with responsibility for flags and other heraldic matters for England, Wales and Northern Ireland - is responsible for providing information and guidance on flag flying and associated protocols. The College can be contacted at: For flag flying enquires for Scotland, please contact the Court of the Lord Lyon at:

DCMS is responsible for informing other Government Departments of the designated fixed flag flying days.

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