80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

14 September 2020

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which took place between July and October 1940. 15 September 1940 was named Battle of Britain Day, as it was a day of significant success for Fighter Command.

To mark Battle of Britain Day, a request has been issued for buildings of Her Majesty's Government to fly the Union Flag at full mast on Tuesday 15 September (0800 until 2000 hours).

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.

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