Following the attack in Barcelona on 17 August 2017, instructions have been received that all buildings of Her Majesty's Government should fly the Union Flag at half-mast today. Other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

Flags should be raised to full mast after 20:00 this evening 18 August, and before 07:00 tomorrow morning.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Local authorities and other organisations may follow suit. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

Jo Cox MPJo Cox, MP: a commemorative shield bearing the Arms of Helen Joanne Cox, late Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, was unveiled in the House of Commons on 24 June 2017, in the presence of her family, the Speaker of the Commons and other guests including Garter King of Arms. The ceremony was part of the first 'Great Get Together' organized by the Jo Cox Foundation. The Arms were granted to her widower Brendan Cox of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, to be placed on monuments to her memory, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 6 March 2017. College reference: Grants 180/149. They are blazoned:

Arms: Barry wavy Vert and Purpure a Chevronel Argent between in chief a White Rose and a Red Rose proper both barbed seeded and slipped the stalks conjoined Or and in base a Red Rose and a White Rose proper both barbed seeded and slipped the stalks conjoined Or.

Motto: MORE IN COMMON

The rationale for the design is as follows: green, violet or purple and white are the colours adopted by the Women's Social and Political Union in 1908, better known as the Suffragettes. The wavy bars of the field are a reference to the country and fields and rivers for which Jo Cox felt an affinity. The chevronel refers to the Lake District and hills where she loved to walk. The white roses refer to Yorkshire of which Jo Cox was a native and where her constituency was situated and the red roses refer both to the Labour Party and to Lancashire which is Brendan Cox's county of origin. The motto expressed Jo Cox's belief that people have more in common than separates them. Brendan Cox and the children were involved in the development of this design.

Learning with sadness of the death of Baldwin Lonsdale, President of the Republic of Vanuatu, who died on 17 June 2017, special instructions have been received that all Union flags on the buildings of Her Majesty's Government should be lowered to half-mast as soon as possible today (19 June 2017) until 2000 hours tomorrow (20 June).

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

Flags should be raised to full mast no later than 0800 on Wednesday 21 June to mark the State Opening of Parliament.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary. Enquiries regarding the correct protocols for the flying of Union and other flags should be addressed to the Officer in Waiting at the College of Arms in the first instance.

As a mark of respect for those that were killed and injured in the atttack in Finsbury Park, London, yesterday, all Departments of Her Majesty's Government will lower their Union Flag to half-mast from 1 p.m. this afternoon 19 June 2017. Other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

If the Armed Forces Flag is being flown, it should be replaced by a Union Flag flown at half-mast.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

As a mark of respect for those that have died and been injured in the fire at Grenfell Tower, Kensington, the Prime Minister has asked that all Departments of Her Majesty's Government lower their Union Flag to half-mast from 07:00 this morning Friday 16 June 2017.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

Flags will be raised to full mast no earlier than 20:00 today, but before 08:00 on Saturday 17 June.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

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By decision of the College of Arms all proceeds arising from the sale of The Armorial of Haiti will be donated to the international effort for the relief of Haiti
after the calamitous earthquake of 12 January 2010.

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