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[Other members of Royal Family] image by Martin Grieve, 20 April 2007

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Use of the Flag

Members of the royal family without their own specific standards use the royal standard with a bordure of ermine. This was for instance used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Marcus Schmöger, 12 November 2001

Royal Standard for members of the Royal Family who did not have a personal version of the Royal Standard, after 1917 when the escutcheon of Saxony was removed.
Royal Standard with an ermine border. The Royal Standard has proportions of 1:2, and the whole flag including border proportions of 9:16. There may have been versions made between 1937 and 1957, which had crimson instead of red, and at some point after 1957 this Standard was produced with the revised Royal Standard of that year.
David Prothero, 20 April 2007


[Other Members. 1907 - 1917] image by Martin Grieve, 15 April 2007

Royal Standard for members of the Royal Family without a personal version of the Royal Standard.

Royal Standard having an escutcheon of the shield of Saxony, and an ermine bordure (border), arranged with one at each corner, two, top and bottom and one, hoist and fly. The Royal Standard retained its proportions of 1:2, and the border gave over-all proportions of 9:16.

On 5 November 1907 an Admiralty Circular was published in The Times. It stated that the King had approved the design of a Standard to be flown at sea by members of the Royal Family other than the King, Queen, Prince of Wales, Duke of Connaught, and Prince of Connaught. Unlike the Royal Standard, and unlike quartered, impaled and differenced versions of the Royal Standard, this flag is not, strictly speaking, a Banner of Arms since there is no Armorial Achievement which has a shield consisting of the Royal Arms with an ermine border. It is similar to a flag that had been first proposed in 1833. An Order in Council of 12 October 1832 stated that the Royal Standard was to be worn on board any of HM Ships and vessels in which HM or any member of the Royal Family was embarked. This was followed by another Order in Council of 3 July 1833, which gave the King and Queen a ceremonial distinction from other members of the Royal Family. The final draft which was issued by Admiralty Circular of 4 July 1833 instituted the Admiralty Flag, Royal Standard, Union Jack combination for a ship carrying the King or Queen but the first draft had proposed that a ship carrying the King and Queen should wear a Royal Standard alone, while one carrying only any other member of the Royal Family should wear a white-bordered Royal Standard.
[National Archives (PRO) ADM 1/8765/311]

David Prothero, 15 April 2007