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Royal Yacht's Ensign (Thailand)

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[Royal Yacht's Ensign (Thailand)]
image by Jaume Ollé

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From the Singha Beer source:

The Royal Yacht's Flag (B.E.2440) [1897 AD]
This is a red flag with a white elephant - in full caparison - standing on a dias [sic, probably "dais"] facing the flagpole.

In accordance with a Royal Command issued by King Rama I [1782-1809 AD], the flag was originally designed in the form of a red flag with a white "chakra" in the middle denoting the Royal Yacht. Later on, in B.E.2440 [1897 AD], the design was changed – by the Royal command of King Rama V – to emerge as the version seen here. This version has been in use until B.E.2460 [1917 AD].
Note that it is almost identical to the War Ensign 1891-1910, rather than to the royal yachts ensign image at the top.

Santiago Dotor, 12 Nov 1999

Those two descriptions – red flag with white chakra and red flag with white elephant – look strikingly similar to the national flag up to 1855 and War Ensign 1891-1910.

Santiago Dotor, 26 Jan 2005

Royal Yacht's Ensign 1897-1917

[Royal Yacht's Ensign 1897-1917 (Thailand)]
image by Jaume Ollé, Miles Li and Eugene Ipavec

Royal Yacht's Ensign c. 1800-1897

[Royal Yacht's Ensign c. 1800-1897 (Thailand)]
image by Jaume Ollé