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Queen Elizabeth II's Personal Standard in Australia

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[Personal Standard of Queen Elizabeth II in Australia] by Blas Delgado Ortiz

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Explanation of the flag

There is an E flag for Australia. It is made of the shield of Australia (6 quarters, 1 for each state) surrounded by an ermine border, the whole thing overlaid with a gold seven-pointed star, a blue disk, a gold circle of roses (I think they're roses), and a crowned E.

This is the personal standard of the current Queen of Australia, used only within Australia, and only when she's personally present. The Queen of the UK leaves her personal standard behind - no England, Scotland or Ireland appear on the Australian E flag.

Because there is no constitutional position for any other members of the (UK) royal family in Australia, they have no personal standards for use here. I seem to remember seeing Andrew use his UK one here when he visited my campus.
christopher vance, 1996-FEB-20

The picture I have seen shows the ermine border as having 24 marks (7 on each side - is that deliberate symbology?)
Jonathan Dixon, 15 Mar 2000

In fact the star in the centre is shaded, in yellow (the same shade as Western Australia) and orange, with the light source coming from the top-fly.
Graham Bartram, 17 Mar 2000

The ratio is 22:31
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 24 May 2000

I'd guess it's a border of width 2 around a perfectly normal 18:27 (=2:3) banner of the arms of Australia
Christopher Vance, 28 May 2000

Changes were made by Graham Bartram to the various Royal Standards through BR20, as reported in Flagmaster. Aside from the artisitic rendition of the badges in the quartering he has made three changes - standardising the flag proportions to the navy's 1:2, introducing shading to the Commonwealth Star and reversing the direction of the WA swan. These changes were made without reference to and without informing the Australian Government. The change of proportions and the shading appear to have been accepted, however my information is that the actual flags used by the Queen in her recent Australian tour continued to show the swan facing the fly. The reason for this is that notwithstanding the change to the WA flag badge, the Australian Coat of Arms has not been altered and since the Queen's flag is a defaced banner of the arms, the swan should not be changed.
Ralph Kelly, 16 July 2000

In the illustration in Flagmaster Spring 1999,

  • the Commonwealth Star is smaller, and does not extend beyond the Victoria/Western Australia panel.
  • the image in the Victoria panel is proportionately smaller so that part of a star, pierced by the top point of the Commonwealth Star, appears beneath the crown, with part of a large star below and the the let and part of a small start below and to the right

David Prothero, 15 July 2000

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