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Diplomatic Flags (Thailand)

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Ambassadorial / Envoy's Flag

[Ambassador's/Envoy's Flag (Thailand)]
by Calvin Paige Herring

"There are two special flags used by the Thais for those persons holding a position within the Foreign Ministry. These are the Ambassadorial/Envoy and Consular flags. The Ambassadorial/Envoy's flag is exactly the same as the Naval ensign; however, the disk upon which the elephant is placed is blue instead of red." Sources: Flaggenbuch 1939; Smith 1980; Crampton 1989; Crampton 1990; and others.

Calvin Paige Herring, 16 May 1998

From the Singha Beer source:

In B.E.2470 [1927 AD], the Ambassador's flag underwent a name change, and was henceforth known as "The Embassy Flag". The flag was made up of the "Trairanga" with a dark blue circle in the middle. Inside the circle stands a white elephant —in full caparison— facing the flagpole. Subsequently, in accordance with a Royal Decree issued in B.E.2479 [1936 AD], it was renamed "The Ministerial Counselor's Flag", though the design itself remained unchanged. In B.E.2522 [1979 AD], the flag once again reverted to its former name —"The Ambassador's Flag"— following a special Royal Decree to the effect, and has been in use ever since.

Does all this mean that the "Ambassadorial / Envoy's Flag" [th-d-amb.gif] above is the correct (ie. current) one? I think so.

Santiago Dotor, 5 November 1999


Ambassadorial Flag 1891-1912

[Ambassadorial Flag 1891-1912 (Thailand)]
The blue border matches the original source's background and is not part of the flag
from the Singha Beer source

From the Singha Beer source:

The Ambassador's Flag B.E.2434 [1891 AD]
This is a red flag with a white elephant —in full caparison— standing on a raised dais, with its head facing in the direction of the flagpole. In the top right-hand corner stands a coat of arms containing the state insignia, beneath a flaming Chakkri, over which hovers a crown. [Like the Naval Ensign 1891 with crown and coat-of-arms on the canton and a smaller elephant]

The flag, which was first created following a special Royal Decree (R.S.110), issued in B.E.2434 [1891 AD], concerning Siamese flags, was used by ambassadors posted overseas, as well as by consuls, emissaries of His Majesty, and members of the government special missions abroad. It is also known as "The White-Elephant-on-a-Dais" flag.

Santiago Dotor, 5 November 1999


Ambassadorial Flag 1912-1917

From the Singha Beer source:

In B.E.2455 [1912 AD], King Rama VI ordered that the coat of arms, in the form of the state insignia, the Chakkri and the Crown above it, be replaced by a dark blue circle with a Garuda spreading its wings beneath the Royal Crown. This flag remained in use until B.E.2460 [1917 AD], when the "Trairanga" with the white elephant in the middle was introduced.

Santiago Dotor, 5 November 1999


Consular Flag

[Consular Flag (Thailand)]
by Calvin Paige Herring

"The Consular flag retains the blue disk which defaces the national flag, but the elephant is just a plain ordinary Asian elephant. There are no fancy trappings, or, to the more astute vexillologist or herald, the elephant is not comparisoned." Sources: Flaggenbuch 1939; Smith 1980; Crampton 1989; Crampton 1990; and others.

Calvin Paige Herring, 16 May 1998

From the Singha Beer source:

The Consul's Flag (B.E.2470) [1927 AD]
This flag [identical to the "Consul's Flag" above] is similar to the "Trairanga" except for a dark blue circle which touches the bottom and top of the upper and lower red strips respectively. Within the circle stands a white elephant, facing in the direction of the flagpole, but without any of the usual trappings.

The Consul's Flag is used by Thai Consuls stationed overseas. Like the Ambassador's flag, it first made an appearance in B.E.2434 [1891 AD] following a special Royal Decree. Up until B.E.2470 [1927 AD], the flag's design underwent a number of changes until the flag shown here was introduced. Despite changes made to various flag in accordance with several Royal Decree, the Consul's Flag has remained unchanged to this day.

Santiago Dotor, 5 November 1999

Unidentified variant of the Consular Flag

[Consular Flag (Thailand), variant]
by Jaume Ollé





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