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USAPolitics 08-09-2013 10:48 AM

Royal Standards
Royal Standards--I have a few questions regarding royal standards of members of the Royal Family that hopefully someone can answer:
  1. Do all members of the royal family have a royal standard? If not, what is the determining factor that decides whether someone gets a royal standard?
  2. Who designs royal standards? I know that they are all similar to that of The Queen's with minor differences, but who decides what those differences are? For example, why does HRH Princess Beatrice of York's royal standard have bees in the design and who decided on that design?
  3. After the birth of a new member of the royal family, how long until they receive a royal standard? When will we be seeing Prince George's royal standard?
  4. For lesser royals, for example HRH Princess Beatrice of York, does anyone know of any examples where they have actually used their royal standard?
  5. Are there laws regarding the use of royal standards by members of the royal family? For example, I know that in some other countries the use of a royal standard on an official car allows them to park anywhere, etc. What's the case with members of the royal family?

Ish 08-09-2013 01:43 PM

1. Not every royal has a royal standard. Wives of British princes are members of the family, but are not given their own royal standard. Similarly children don't have their own royal standard (or a coat of arms), they're not granted one until they turn 18. People who don't have a royal standard of their own traditionally use the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom with an ermine border. The exception is the consort of the monarch, who is granted a royal standard as well. When she was still Princess of Wales, Diana had a Personal Standard that was similar to her coat of arms; the Royal Standard impaled with the Spencer Arms, but after her divorce she adopted the Royal Standard with ermine, which is what draped her coffin.

2. I'm not sure who specifically designs the standard, but for the most part what the standards are is the traditional Royal Standard of the United Kingdom with a label to differentiate between individuals, similar to the way the royal coats of arms work. I'm not sure what the different chargers on the children of the Queen's label's smybolise, but among her grandchildren it's become a bit of a tradition that the chargers are representative of their mother's coat of arms. William and Harry each have an escallop from the Spencer arms, Beatrice has a bee (also a play on her name) and Eugenie has a thistle from the Ferguson arms.

3. George will get a coat of arms and a royal standard when he turns 18. Based on current traditions in place I would expect it to look like his father's but with acorns in place of the escallop.

4. Standards aren't typically used in a day-to-day use for individuals other than the Monarch. Her standard is flown over residences to show when she's there, it's also used on her royal vehicles. Prince Philip's standard is used on vehicles when he travel's on state visits alone. The PoW flies his standard at Clarence House when he's in residence, but other royals tend not to unless they're abroad on official visits. Personal standards are used to cover the coffins of deceased royals.

5. Standards only fly from the vehicles of the monarch and consort, although other heads of states will also fly their standard on royal vehicles when visiting.

USAPolitics 08-09-2013 04:13 PM

What's the purpose of a standard for royals other than the monarch?

Ish 08-09-2013 04:56 PM

I would think part of it would be tradition - it's tradition for members of royalty and nobility to be identified by an arms and or standard.

Part of it too is the fact that it can provide identification of where a certain royal is living. We don't see it happening much now, but that's because many royals share official London residences (imagine how many standards would have to be flown from KP).

Standards are of course just the banner form of an individual's coat of arms, and the various arms of the royal family are designed so as to say something about the individual and their heritage.

Iluvbertie 08-09-2013 05:18 PM

It goes back to the middle ages of course when most people were illiterate so showing a coat of arms, on a shield or standard flying, or eleswhere told everyone who you were.

These days there really is no use other than to identify where a person is at a particular time e.g. if the royal standard is flying at BP then The Queen is in residence - it was a highlight of my trip to the UK in 2002 to see it actually go up on one of my walks around that area - I was staying nearby so walked around that area almost daily to get to sites to see or to get to the train.

They are also flown on cars on official excursions e.g. on the cars going to William's wedding the Duke of York's standard was flown on the front of the car with the York family and the Earl of Wessex's was on his car as well.

cepe 08-09-2013 05:23 PM

i would add that we all use a form of standard today.

The military have their colours, or flags of the regiment; Countries have flags to follow; universities and sports teams have banners; towns have symbols and mottos ( I still remember my school motto Dieu est Mon Abri); in the modern age, companies have logos.

all of this stems from the Royal Standard. A symbol to recognise and follow.

Iluvbertie 08-09-2013 05:34 PM

All of the above examples come from the middle ages and the fact that people were illiterate so used signs to say who they were - not just the monarch but pubs, institutions, nobles and most importantly the church who started using the symbol of the cross and the fish when they were being persecuted by the Romans. The Romans themselves used standards in the republican times - pre-empire - to distinguish their legions - that is what their eagles were for and were introduced over 100 years BC.

Nothing to do with monarchs as they can be traced back to antiquity in the military, and the church and then the middle ages for all other things.

AdmirerUS 08-09-2013 08:43 PM

My memory can be foggy - but I think I remember the Duke of Cambridge got a standard from Canada when he and Kate went on their trip there? Does anyone else recall this?

Ish 08-09-2013 09:05 PM


Originally Posted by AdmirerUS (Post 1587165)
My memory can be foggy - but I think I remember the Duke of Cambridge got a standard from Canada when he and Kate went on their trip there? Does anyone else recall this?

He does. The Prince of Wales and HM also have Canadian Royal Standards.

The Queen's is the Royal Standard of Canada, defaced with the device of the Queen used on her Head of the Commonwealth flag. Charles and William's standards are similar, but defaced with the Prince of Wales' feathers (Charles) and Williams's cypher (William's). They both also have the label that is used on their personal arms.

tommy100 08-10-2013 05:00 AM

Royal standards are still in relatively regular use today:
The PoW is said to fly his from Highrove when he is there (or did when Paul Burrel was working there)

In a clip from one of the documentaries about the Royal Family's work I remember seeing Andrew leaving royal Lodge with his standard flying above the house

I know during a recent visit to an RAF base he is Honory Commodore of the standard of the Earl of Wessex was sent to the base by the MOD to fly during the visit. I believe they keep the standards of most royals ready to be sent out before a royal visit.

And here is the Duke of Cambridge's standard flying on one of the more colourful pieces of transport http://theroyalpost.files.wordpress....12_964x703.jpg

Skippyboo 08-12-2013 10:04 PM

Ah the truck boat! Good Times.

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