Personal Flags and Standards

The Sovereign and Members of the Royal Family

The sovereign and members of the Royal Family are entitled to display personal flags and standards which are normally flown to denote their presence. Those flags and standards are flown day and night at any building in which they are in residence or in which they are attending a public function.

Generally, personal flags and standards are flown behind the saluting base when troops are inspected and on Her Majesty's ships when the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family is aboard.

Normally, personal flags and standards are broken from the flagpole as members of the Royal Family step on the saluting base or enter the building and are lowered as they leave. The saluting base flagpole must therefore be rigged with halyards.

Her Majesty's Personal Canadian Flag and standards of members of the Royal Family will take precedence before the National Flag; they are never half-masted.

These flags and standards, like all personal flags, are never used by others.

The Queen's Personal Canadian Flag is represented in Figure 25.

Queen's Personal Canadian Flag
Figure 25

Although foreign Heads of State have their own flags and standards, only the foreign national flag is flown in connection with a Head of State visit. The foreign national flag will take precedence after the National Flag.

If more than one member of the Royal Family is present on an official visit, only the standard of the member taking precedence shall be flown.

Personal flags and standards are never displayed inside a building, except for the study of the person they identify.

The Governor General

The Governor General's Flag (Figure 26) has precedence over all flags in Canada except The Queen's Personal Canadian Flag and the flag of the Lieutenant Governor of a province at the Lieutenant Governor's residence, or on occasion when the Lieutenant Governor is performing his duties as The Queen's representative in the province. The same provisions specified for the Sovereign's Flag and other personal standards apply to the Governor General's Flag.

Governor General's Flag
Figure 26

The Lieutenant Governors

The flags of the Lieutenant Governor of Provinces within the Province of their jurisdiction are treated in a manner similar to the Governor General's Flag and take precedence over all flags except the Queen's Personal Canadian Flag (Figure 27).