Symbolic Meanings in Her Majesty’s Flag of the United Kingdom.
The Royal Standard is a flag British crownUsed by Her Majesty (the King or Queen) of the United Kingdom. The “heraldic banner” can be more accurately identified (because it bears the coats of arms of the royal guard) and called “royal standard” in English , It is the flag of absolute hierarchical importance over all other national bannersand they are always being waved over (be it Union Cranes or other flags of the royal family or individual states of the kingdom).
The aesthetic side of the stream royal standard Born in 1837, it has been used to date by six rulers: Victoria (1837-1901), Edward VII (1901-1910), George V (1910-1936), Edward VIII (January-December 1936), George VI (1936-1952) and Elizabeth II (1952-2022).
The royal standard Divided into four quarters:
- The first and fourth quadrants are present The Three Golden Lions “Passing and Watching” On a red field: This is the original crest of the King of England and has been used since 1138.
- In the second quarter it is Red lion outbreakwith an azure tongue and claws, with a festooned and flowered double border of lilies, upon a field of gold: it is the royal standard of Scotland, used by the Kingdom of Scotland from 1222 to 1603,
- in the third quarter Golden harp with silver stringson a blue background: it’s a flag Kingdom of Irelandwas used from 1542 to 1800 and then incorporated into the Royal Standard.
Before 1837 (in particular, between 1600 and 1700) the royal specification included other elements, such as the lily of the Kingdom of France or the coat of arms of the House of Hanover. However, from the beginning of the nineteenth century, with King George III, the flag began to take on a graphic composition close to the current one.
Some important things to know!
The “Scottish version” of the Royal Standard has been completely reversed from the original version. The one we’ve talked about so far is the version used in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and beyond In Scotland, the version with the flag of the Kingdom of Scotland is flown in the first and fourth quarters And the King of England is only present in the second quarter.
The royal standard is the flag flying at the top Buckingham Palace, in London, on the tower of Windsor Castle or in Sandringham House to indicate the presence of the King/Queen at the Palace (when Her Majesty is not present, the Union Jack waves). The only church that can raise the royal standard is Westminster Abbey.
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Cover photo: The United Kingdom’s Royal Pennant is flown ahead of the 2019 rugby six football match between England and France, at Twickenham Stadium (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images via OneFootball)
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