The Union flag has been around for over 400 years and is one of the best known and most recognised national symbols around the world. The flag itself represents unity of all the nations that make up the United Kingdom and it demonstrates the joining of all our cultures in a bond of citizenship. You can view the meaning of several other world flags here.
All UK Government Departments have the freedom to fly the Union Flag on their buildings all year round, and also on the designated flag flying days. Throughout the year, there are specific dates when the Union flag should be flown as a symbol of national pride.
Below are some of the most important UK flag flying dates for your diary:
- 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) – 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. UK government buildings within the wider Whitehall area may fly the national flag alongside the union flag on their appropriate saint days.
- 10 March – Birthday of Earl of Wessex
- 13 March – Commonwealth Day
- 17 March – St. Patrick’s Day (in Northern Ireland only) – The Union Flag only should be flown.
- 21 April – Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
- 23 April – St George’s Day (in England only) – 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. UK government buildings within the wider Whitehall area may fly the national flag alongside the union flag on their appropriate saint days.
- 9 May – Europe Day – Where the European flag is flown on this day, the Union Flag should fly alongside the European flag and, on UK government buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union Flag should take precedence.
- 2 June – Coronation Day
- 10 June – Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
- 17 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
- 12 November – Remembrance Day – Flags should be flown at full mast all day.
- 14 November – Birthday of the Prince of Wales
- 20 November – Her Majesty’s Wedding Day
- 30 November – St Andrew’s Day (in Scotland only)
At Harrison Flagpoles we offer a range of different flags including Union, St George and World Flags.
To find out more information contact our specialist flags and flagpoles team on 01325 390 195 or fill in our enquiry form to discuss your requirements.