Prince Philip: Expert on why sovereign flag isn't at half mast
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The UK is officially in national mourning for Prince Philip for the week as the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral approaches. As a result, flags across the country are now flying at half-mast, expect for one. ITV’s Royal Rota podcast explained why Windsor Castle was the exception while the Queen remained there.
Host Chris Ship told listeners: “There is national mourning in the UK for a week.
“It means that flags on all buildings will be at half-mast.
“We should point out though that the Queen’s sovereign keeps flying at Windsor Castle.
“That’s because she remains in residence here.”
He continued: “But if you go anywhere in the UK at the moment, that’s a different story.
“Every national flag, union flag, will be flying at half-mast.
“That’s until the day after the funeral – that’s national mourning.
“Royal mourning, the Queen has decided, will be two weeks.”
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Flags are typically flown at half-mast as a sign of respect for the passing or funeral of an important figure.
This includes the announcement of the death until a funeral of a member of the Royal Family and funerals of Prime Ministers and ex-Prime Ministers.
According to the UK Flag Institute, the Queen’s sovereign, aka the Royal Standard, never flies at half-mast.
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They wrote: “It represents the Monarchy, which is continuous, and it would therefore be inappropriate for it to fly at half-mast.”
The Royal Standard is flown when the Queen is in residence in one of the royal palaces and on her personal transport.
Even in the event of the Queen’s death, it won’t be flown at half-mast.
The lack of a flag at half-mast over Buckingham Palace following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, sparked fury.
A compromise was reached whereby the Union Flag was flown at half-mast on the day of Diana’s funeral.
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