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Two new 3.5 yrds flags for All Saints’ Parish Church have been purchased by a kind donor; a Union Jack and a St George’s flag.
There are no specific flag regulations covering churches in the UK but the accepted norm is that a Church of England church would fly either a plain St George’s flag (a red cross on a white background) or a St George’s flag with a shield of the arms of the diocese, in the top corner nearest the flagpole. This latter custom follows the directives of a warrant from Earl Marshal dated 9 February 1938, issued at the request of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Consequently, the new flag at All Saints’ includes the arms of the Diocese and of the Bishop of St Albans and is the first one of this type ever flown from the tower.
The Union Flag will be flown, if possible, on flag-flying days. These days are regulated by the Lord Chamberlain, through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and by the Flag Institute who issue a yearly list of specific dates when government buildings should (and churches may) fly the national flag.