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Military unit flags (Norway)

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King's Guard

Recently I saw a photo of some ceremonial event in Norway (visit of some foreign dignitary) with the honour guard carrying a white flag with yellow Norwegian lion on it, and possibly some cyphers in each corner. Would that be the colours of the royal honour guard? Am I right it remembering that there are ciphers, and if so, do they change with each king?
Željko Heimer, 30 December 1999


Norwegian line infantry (i.e., non-Guard) units carry flags, either of a solid color or divided vertically into two or three stripes, with the same lion in the center, the name of the unit, and battle honors embroidered on the field. The colors vary by regiment and derive either from historic associations with predecessor regiments or from the colors of the regiment's oldest known uniform.
Joseph McMillan, 30 December 1999


What you saw must have been the colour of the HM Kongens Garde (His Majesty the King's Guards). You are right about the ciphers, they do change with a new king. Currently the ciphers should be H5 for Harald V (HM uses Arabic 5 for defence purposes). As far as I remember, there are also one or two citations from 1940.
Jan Oskar Engene, 31 December 1999


It may be noted, that royal life guards in many countries (not only Norway, but also e.g. in Sweden and in France) have or have had colours with a white cloth (upon which is different symbols). White has often been seen as a "royal" colour.
Elias Granqvist, 10 November 2001


Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy

Here is the link to an image of a ceremonial flag of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, specifically that of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (Luftkrigsskolen).
Miles Li, 1 November 2007


The emblem in the colour is of the type used in the Norwegian air force, that is with a circular central badge with a royal crown on top and a scroll with a motto below. The central design in the circular emblem is the Norwegian lion in yellow on black, around which is found the inscription naming the school "LUFTKRIGSSKOLEN" (top) and the service "LUFTFORSVARET" (below). The motto reads "FOR LUFTFORSVARETS FREMTID", which means 'for the future of the air force".
Jan Oskar Engene, 2 November 2007