The design of the Union flag is defined by the Proclamation Declaring His Majesty's Pleasure concerning the Royal Style and Titles appertaining to the Imperial Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and its Dependencies, and also the Ensigns, Armorial Flags, and Banners thereof, which was dated 1 January 1801.

This states that the Union flag shall be Azure, the Crosses Saltires of St. Andrew and St. Patrick quarterly per saltire, counterchanged argent and gules; the latter fimbriated of the second, surmounted by the Cross of St. George of the third, fimbriated as the Saltire.

There are no fixed colours in heraldry: provided the blue and red used in the flag are clearly identifiable as such, any shade chosen is acceptable. The proclamation makes no statement as to the proportions of the flag or of its constituent parts; many different forms of the flag are correct.

For the avoidance of doubt and the sake of convenience, Garter King of Arms, under the authority of the Earl Marshal, has approved two versions of the Union flag as being accurate representations suitable for use. These are of the proportions 5:3, commonly flown on land; and 2:1, commonly flown at sea.

Union flag with proportions 5:3

Union flag with proportions 2:1

Schedule of Insignia which may be used in connexion with the personal arms of prelates and clergy of the Roman Catholic Church, except where a Pontifical Concession details particular insignia. In such cases the text of the decree should be followed. The text of the Warrant may be seen here.


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Cardinals

Above the arms is placed a red hat having fifteen tassels interwove with gold thread on either side (1).


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Archbishops

Above the arms is placed a mitre (mitra preciosa) (2) and/or a green hat having ten tassels pendent on either side (3). Behind the arms is placed a double-traversed cross (4) in pale.


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Diocesan and Titular Bishops, & Abbots Nullius Dioceseos

Above the arms is placed a mitre (mitra preciosa) (2) and/or a green hat having six tassels pendent on either side (5). Behind the arms is placed either a single traversed cross (6) or a crozier (7) either in pale or in bend.

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Abbots

Above the arms is placed a mitre (mitra simplex) (8) or a black hat having three tassels pendent on either side (9). Behind the arms is placed a golden crozier (7) either in pale or in bend.


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Protonotaries Apostolic and Vicars Prefects & Administrators Apostolic

Above the arms is placed a crimson hat having six tassels pendent on either side (10).


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Religious Superiors General or Provincial and Honorary or Titular Protonotaries Apostolic

Above the arms is placed a black hat having six tassels pendent on either side (11).


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Domestic Prelates to The Pope

Above the arms is placed a violet hat having six tassels pendent on either side (12).


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Privy Chamberlains and Privy Chaplains to The Pope

Above the arms is placed a black hat having six violet tassels pendent on either side (13).

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Canons

Above the arms is placed a black hat having three tassels pendent on either side (9).


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Priests

Above the arms is placed a black hat having one tassel pendent on either side (14).

 

NOTE: If any of the above prelates or clergy are cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, then they substitute the cardinal’s hat (1) for that which they would otherwise use.

Schedule approved John Card. Heenan, Archbishop of Westminster 23 February 1967

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Schedule of Ecclesiastical Hats which may be used in lieu of Helms and Crests by certain Clergy of the Anglican Communion, established by Warrant of the Earl Marshal dated 21 December 1976.

The text of the Warrant may be seen here.

Deans AC

Deans

A black hat having three red tassels pendent from purple cords on either side.

 

Archdeacons AC

Archdeacons

A black hat having three purple tassels pendent from purple cords on either side.

 

Canons AC

Canons, Honorary Canons, Canons Emeritus and Prebendaries

A black hat having three red tassels pendent from black cords on either side.

 

Priests AC

Priests

A black hat having one black tassel pendent from a black and white cord on either side.

 

Doctors of Divinity AC

Doctors of Divinity

The hat appropriate to their degree the cord being interlaced with a skein of red.

 

Ecclesiastical Household AC

Members of Her Majesty's Ecclesiastical Household

The hat appropriate to their degree charged on the front of the crown with a Tudor Rose proper.

 

Deacons AC

Deacons

A black hat without cords and tassels.

The College of Arms has certain functions relating to the Roll of the Peerage and to that of the Baronetage, and the Officers provide assistance and advice in establishing succession to these dignities. The following pages provide more information and guidance.

 

Roll of the Peerage

What is recorded in the Roll of the Peerage

Proving succession to a peerage

 

Roll of the Baronetage

Proving succession to a baronetcy

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