Department for Culture Media and Sport

dates for hoisting flags

Dates for Hoisting Flags on UK Government Buildings in 2013

9 January Birthday of The Duchess of Cambridge
20 January Birthday of The Countess of Wessex
6 February Her Majesty's Accession
19 February Birthday of The Duke of York
1 March St David’s Day (in Wales only, see note 1)
10 March Birthday of The Earl of Wessex
11 March Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)
17 March St. Patrick's Day (in Northern Ireland only, see note 5)
21 April Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen
23 April St George’s Day (in England only, see note 1)
9 May Europe Day (see note 4)
2 June Coronation Day
10 June Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh
15 June Official Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday
21 June Birthday of The Duke of Cambridge
17 July Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall
15 August Birthday of The Princess Royal
10 November Remembrance Day (second Sunday in November, see note 2)
14 November Birthday of The Prince of Wales
20 November Her Majesty’s Wedding Day
30 November St Andrew’s Day (in Scotland only, see note 1)
Also....................... The day of the opening of a Session of the Houses of Parliament by Her Majesty (see note 3)
The day of the prorogation of a Session of the Houses of Parliament by Her Majesty (see note 3)

If The Queen is to be present in a building, you should get in touch with:

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH

Telephone 020 7211 2307


1. Where a building has two or more flag poles the appropriate national flag may be flown in addition to the Union Flag but not in a superior position. UK Government buildings within the wider Whitehall area may fly the national flags alongside the Union Flag on their appropriate saint days.
2. Flags should be flown at full mast all day.
3. 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.
4. The Union Flag should fly alongside the European Flag. On UK Government buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union Flag should take precedence.
5. The Union Flag only should be flown.

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