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Household Division Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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[Household Division Yacht Club] image provided by Household Division Yacht Club, 18 August 2015

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Flag of Household Division Yacht Club

Blue ensign defaced with badge.

The Household Division, originally Household Brigade, is a section of the Army which carries out special escort and guard duties for the sovereign. It consists of two cavalry regiments the ‘Life Guards’ and the ‘Blues and Royals’, and the five infantry regiments of the Guards; Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh.

The Household Brigade Yacht Club was formed in 1932 and granted a defaced Blue Ensign in 1934. In 1969 the name of the club was changed from Brigade to Division.
David Prothero, 17 June 2014

Detail of Badge

[Badge] image provided by Household Division Yacht Club, 18 August 2015


[Burgee]image from World Flag Database located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2014

Flying Colours offer the burgee for sale at, and this matches the image in the World Flag Database. It's a 3:5 burgee, with three flywise stripes of really dark blue B+++ over very dark red R++ approximately in the ratios of 2:3:2. The badge of the household division, half the length of the hoist in size, is placed vertically centred on the stripes, being mostly on the red stripe but sticking out into the blue stripes. (Horizontally, it's placed so that a line from a hoist corner through the flyward tip of the badge will reach the opposite edge of the burgee at the length of the hoist away from the hoist. I have no idea whether this is the intended construction, though.)

The badge is a Garter Star, bearing a St. Edward's[?] crown on a grey field that is surrounded by a red ring edged gold, which bears in gold the text "Septem Juncta in Uno +", all-caps, meaning "Seven Joined in One".

All this to say that Lloyds (1961) Register of Yachts - Ensigns and burgees of yacht clubs and distinguishing flags of yachtsmen, shows this ensign and this burgee as well. However, it's from a time when the name was "Household Brigade Yacht Club", and its badge is slightly different: Inside the edge of the Garter Star, a Seal of the Prophets is drawn, inside which what appears to be a rope ring lies around the central disk, all of these in the colours of the star. Circle on the disk is blue edges white, and its motto is in silver "Una in Juncta Tria.", all-caps. On the burgee, the motto is just "In Juncta Tria.", all-caps, with the word "IN" closest to the hoist.

The burgee is also depicted slightly differently, with the ratio of the stripes 7:13:7, and the badge 27:11, meaning it falls wholly on the red stripe. Beyond me to illustrate, of course, but fortunately Fellows auctioned a flag brooch with more or less this pattern, which is still shown by LiveAuctioneers: There we see the simpler design of the Garter Star, and the motto "Tria Juncta in Una", all-caps. The crown here appears it be a Tudor crown, however, and the red stripe is only 3/10th of the hoist in width.

First the bit about the motto: As it happens, this was already asked and answered in the Great War Forum, "Tria juncta in un_o_" was the motto of the Brigade of Guards until 1949. It was then changed to "Quinque juncta in uno", and finally in 1959 to "Septem juncta in uno".

In that same time frame, 1953-1958, according to gb-crown.html, Tudor crowns were replaced by St. Edward crowns. All this does not tell us when exactly the changes to the badge took place, and when the flags followed suit. I find it likely, however, that the designs in Lloyds (1961) tries to depict have the motto "Tria juncta in una" (though maybe they ought to be "Uno"), and that the differences are caused by the small size and printer's reversal. Unless we find further evidence of more fancy Garter Stars, I assume the badge had a simple garter star, as on the brooch, and obviously originally had the Tudor crown, which in 1932 would have been the crown of choice. To determine whether this was actually the current flag, 1961-ish, we'd have to know whether the badges changed every time the motto changed, and whether the flag is defined as including the badge.

Reeds Maritime Flags Handbook at, depicts the modern style in all aspects but one: It shows a blue ring with silver details. A mistake, or actually the most recent change?

The stripes of the burgee are a different matter. I must say that I like the version of the brooch, which makes the badge stand out more, but it stands alone in that depiction. Both physical items have the badge larger than the red stripe, though, which would seem conclusive, but then Yacht Club Burgees, Colin Stewart, [ste57] agrees with Lloyd's, as does The Dumpy Pocket Book of Sailing Dinghies and Yachts [ele60] (further details too small in both cases), as does Reeds. If the badge doesn't actually fit within the red stripe, why do all written sources depict it so? I don't know what to make of that.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2014

Pre-1970 flag and badge

[Household Division Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 16 June 2014

The badge was perhaps altered when the Household Brigade Yacht Club, formed in 1932, changed its name to Household Division Yacht Club, in 1970. The Brigade badge did include a Latin motto in yellow on a red circle.

HO 144/18452 1933 Household Brigade Yacht Club Badge.
Brigadier-General R.McCalmont to Admiralty. Asked if permission was needed for use of Household Brigade badge on burgee of recently formed yacht club.
8 Feb 1933. Admiralty reply. Concerned only with ensigns. Would need to be agreed with Home Secretary, as badge included a crown. Permission of HM required.
1 Mar 1933. HM approved use of crown.
2 Mar 1933. War Office to Home Office. No objection to use of badge of Brigade of Guards as badge on yacht club burgee.

Home Office Minute. Crown should not appear on burgee of a yacht club that is not royal.
27 Feb 1933. Old Home Office ruling that grant of title 'royal' has been held to convey the right to use the crown in the burgee. No yacht club other than a Royal one has permission to use the crown in that way.

The defaced ensign was granted in 1934.
David Prothero, 18 August 2015

[Household Division Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 16 June 2014