John Magufuli, President of Tanzania: flag instructions

18 March 2021

Following the death of John Magufuli, President of Tanzania, special instructions have been received that as a mark of respect, UK Government Buildings should lower their Union Flags to half-mast today Thursday 18 March 2021 until until 2000 hours this evening. 

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.

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.

Register to receive up-to-date advice from the College of Arms on official flag-flying days, instructions for flying flags at half-mast, and other relevant information, here.

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