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Royal Burnham Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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[Royal Burnham Yacht Club] image by Martin Grieve, 17 September 2005

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Flag of Royal Burnham Yacht Club (1928-present)

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club ensign is a blue ensign with a royal crown in the fly.
Graham Bartram, 9 May 2004

The flag shown here was drawn as the Customs Ensign 1873-1949, which has an identical description.
David Prothero, 17 September 2005

Version with the St. Edwards Crown

[Royal Burnham Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 14 June 2019

An update for the Royal Burnham Yacht Club using a St. Edwards crown.
Clay Moss, 23 February 2006


[Royal Burnham Yacht Club burgee] image by Clay Moss, 17 June 2019

Yacht Clubs that were granted the title "Royal" added a crown to their burgee without any authorisation. The first club to enquire whether this was correct, was the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club of Canada in 1894. They were told that, "There is no objection to a device, of which the crown may be a part, being worn on the club burgee, but for this Admiralty approval is not required."

The matter was raised again in 1927 when the Burnham Yacht Club which had just been granted the title "Royal", but had not then been granted a special ensign, asked the Home Office if it could put a crown on its burgee (white with a blue edged St George's cross, and a shield bearing three seaxes in the canton). After consulting the King's private secretary, and the Yacht Racing Association (now the Royal Yachting Association) the Home Office ruled that, "When yacht clubs are made "royal" they might display a crown somewhere. At any rate it would seem right that they should." They then informed the Admiralty that they would adhere to the ruling of 1894, but did not wish the decision to be made known outside official circles, and told the Royal Burnham Yacht Club that a crown might properly be displayed on the club burgee.
[National Archives (PRO) HO 144/9413]
David Prothero, 25 May 2007