Memorial Service of Nelson Mandela

09 December 2013

Special instructions have been received to request that buildings of Her Majesty's Government fly the Union Flag at half-mast on 10 December 2013, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. This is to mark the memorial service of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

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 – unless the South African flag is normally flown. If the South African flag is flown, it should be 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.

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