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Car flags and pennants are rarely seen nowadays —particularly military rank flags— in order to avoid identification and surveillance by terrorists.

Santiago Dotor, 24 September 1998

Prime Minister and Other High Authorities

Presidente del Gobierno

[Prime Minister and Other High Authorities (Spain)] 1:1
by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website

According to Calvo and Grávalos 1983, the flag is the same for the Prime Minister (Spanish official title being Presidente del Gobierno) and for other Ministers.

Santiago Dotor, 24 September 1998

According to the 1977 Decree on flags and Album des Pavillons, this flag is used by:

  • the Prime Minister (Presidente del Gobierno),
  • Deputy Prime Ministers (Vicepresidentes del Gobierno),
  • Ministers,
  • the Speaker of Parliament (Presidente del Congreso),
  • the President of the State Council (Presidente del Consejo de Estado) [nowadays the Council of the Kingdom or Consejo del Reino],
  • Ambassadors, Ministers Plenipotentiary and Resident Ministers.
Chargés d'Affaires and Consuls use a similar flag with a swallowtail cut as deep as one third of the flag's length, the coat-of-arms being centred in the remaining two thirds.

Santiago Dotor, 24 September 1998

Album des Pavillons 2000 says this flag is used also by Chargés d'Affaires. It does not show the swallowtailed version.

Zeljko Heimer, 6 August 2001

Chief of Defence Staff

Presidente de la Junta de Jefes de Estado Mayor (JUJEM)

[Chief of Defence Staff (Spain)] 1:1
by Zeljko Heimer

Square national triband with Armed Forces emblem in the middle (composed of the Army eagle with St. James cross, the Air Force wings and the Naval anchor) and a segmented blue-black fivepointed star in the middle of the lower red stripe. Source: Album des Pavillons 2000. This must be a rather new flag, not mentioned in any previous sources.

Zeljko Heimer, 6 August 2001

Mistaken Minister of Defence rank flag

José Carlos Alegría mentioned that Album des Pavillons shows a rank flag with "crossed anchors for the Minister of Defence". That is the flag adopted in 1977 for the Minister of the Navy. As far as I know, it was never used, because of the merger of the Ministries of the Army, Navy and Air Force into the current Ministry of Defence shortly thereafter. A similar flag but with smaller anchors —not touching the red stripes— was in use 1923-1931 and 1938-1977.

I wonder whether Armand du Payrat, editor of Album des Pavillons, assumed that the Minister of Defence inherited this flag or whether he has official information that the flag is currently in use.

Actually the 1977 Flag Decree also adopted flags for the Ministers of the Army and of the Air Force. I understand the Minister of Defence might choose the flag of the former Minister of the Navy to represent him when on board a navy vessel, but the question is not clear at all.

Santiago Dotor, 20 November 2000

I agree with Santiago Dotor, I have information from the Spanish Attaché in Paris that the Minister of Navy's crossed anchors flag is not in use. It does not appear anymore in Album des Pavillons 2000.

Armand Noel du Payrat, 20 November 2000

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