What is the Royal Standard flag and why is it draped over the Queen’s coffin?

AFTER the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September 2022, her coffin was flown from Edinburgh to London while draped in the Royal Standard flag.

Here we explain what the Royal Standard flag is and why it is draped over the Queen’s coffin.

What is the Royal Standard Flag?

The Royal Standard flag represents the sovereign and the United Kingdom and is flown when the monarch resides in one of the royal palaces.

In the version of the standard used today, there are four quarters: England, represented by three Lions Passer, in the first and fourth quarters; Scotland, a lion rampant, in the second; and Northern Ireland, represented by a harp, in the third quarter.

Wales is not represented in the Royal Standard as its special status as a Principality was recognized by the creation of the Prince of Wales prior to the incorporation of the Quarters for Scotland and Ireland into the Royal Arms.

The Standard is also flown on official trips with the monarch’s car and his plane on the ground.

Only the Queen can have her coffin draped with the standard royal flag


Only the Queen can have her coffin draped with the standard royal flagCredit: AP

A different version of the Royal Standard is used in Scotland, with Scottish arms in the first and fourth quarters and English arms in the second.

How long will the Royal Standard flag stay on the Queen’s coffin?

The Royal Standard flag will remain on the Queen’s coffin throughout the week.

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At Westminster Hall, the public will see the Queen’s coffin draped with the standard royal flag along with the Imperial State Crown.

The imperial orb and the imperial scepter will also lie on the coffin.

The Royal Standard flag is not buried with the Queen.

Why wasn’t the Union Flag used?

The Union Flag can be used by many public figures.

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s coffin was covered with a Union flag.

However, the Royal Standard flag represents a higher position, such as that of the Queen.

Britain’s chief vexillologist Graham Bartram told iNews: “Anyone can have the Union Flag on their coffin, but only the Queen can have the Royal Standard.

“The Royal Standard is superior to the Union Flag.”

Who is allowed to use the Royal Standard flag?

According to the Flag Institute, the Royal Standard may only be flown in the presence of the monarch and after consultation with the Lord Chamberlain’s Department or the royal person’s private secretary.

The flag is never raised when the monarch is passing in procession.

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