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Scottish Government Flag Flying Guidance 2022

Flag Flying Guidance for Scottish Government Buildings


Issue No. 29 (Valid from January 2022)

From 08:00 am till sunset

Schedule
Date Event Flag To Be Flown
9 January Birthday of The Countess of Strathearn A
20 January Birthday of The Countess Of Forfar A
1 February Start of LGBT History Month (see note 1) F
6 February Anniversary of The Queen's Accession A
10 March Birthday of The Earl of Forfar A
14 March Commonwealth Day ( see notes 1 and 2) H
21 April Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen A
28 April International Workers Memorial Day I
9 May Europe Day (see note 1) G
17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (see note 1) F
2 June
Anniversary of Coronation Day Official Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday (see note 2) In celebration of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee A
18 June Autistic Pride Day (see note 1) J
TBC Edinburgh Pride (see notes 1 and 2) F
21 June Birthday of The Earl of Strathearn A
25 June Armed Forces Day (see notes 1 and 2) E
17 July Birthday of The Duchess of Rothesay A
15 August Birthday of The Princess Royal A
TBC Glasgow Pride (see notes 1 and 2) F
3 September Merchant Navy Day (see note 1) D
13 November Remembrance Day (see note 3) C
14 November Birthday of The Duke of Rothesay A
20 November Transgender Remembrance Day K
30 November St. Andrew's Day B
1 December World AIDS Day (see note 1) L

Key

Flags to Flown in the Formation Detailed Below

A By Royal assent, for Royal birthdays and anniversaries the Royal Banner (superior) and the Saltire may be flown at SAH - as the principal Scottish Government building - or at another Scottish Government building when the First Minister is present (see note 8).

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B Saltire, or two Saltires if building has two or more flagpoles.

By Royal assent, for St. Andrew's Day, the Royal Banner (superior) and the Saltire may be flown at SAH - as the principal Scottish Government building - or at another Scottish Government building when the First Minister is present (see note 8).

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C Remembrance Day

Union Flag and Saltire or Saltires if the building has more than two flagpoles

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D Red Ensign if building has one flagpole.

Red Ensign and Saltire if building has two or more flagpoles.

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E Armed Forces Day flag if building has one flagpole

Armed Forces Day flag and Saltire if building has two or more flagpoles

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F Rainbow flag if building has one flagpole

Rainbow flag and Saltire if building has two or more flagpoles

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G European flag if building has one flagpole.

European flag and Saltire if building has two or more flagpoles.

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H Commonwealth flag if building has one flagpole.

Commonwealth flag and Saltire if building has two or more flagpoles.

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I On this day, the Saltire(s) should be hoisted right up and then lowered to half-mast for the day See note 9(**)

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J Autistic Pride flag and Saltire should be flown from SAH only

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K Transgender flag should be flown if building has one flagpole.

Transgender flag and Saltire if building has two or more flag poles.

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L World AIDS Day flag and Saltire should be flown from SAH only

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Notes

1. Scottish Government (SG) main buildings which have four flag poles:

  • should fly the Saltire and European flag
  • plus flags indicated in the schedule

On buildings that only have one flagpole, one of the following flags should be flown:

  • Rainbow,
  • Commonwealth
  • European
  • Autistic Pride
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Red Ensign
  • Transgender
  • World AIDS Day

Where a building has two or more flagpoles the Saltire should also be flown.

2. Dates advised annually for 2022:

  • Commonwealth Day is 14th March
  • Official Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday is 2nd June
  • Edinburgh Pride is TBC
  • Armed Forces Day is 25th June
  • Glasgow Pride is TBC.

3. Usually the second Sunday of the month. In 2022, the date for Remembrance Sunday is 13th November.

Additionally:

  • Please note due to COVID-19, flag flying dates may be subject to change.
  • Some dates are listed as to be confirmed until confirmed.
  • The guidance will be updated accordingly.
  • The First Minister has instructed that the European flag is flown from SG buildings. This will be on a daily basis except for specific flag flying dates.

Contact

Email: protocolandhonours@gov.scot

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