Sovereign’s Flag for Canada

Sovereign’s Flag for Canada

The Sovereign’s Flag for Canada indicates the presence of the King when he is in Canada. It can be flown from buildings the King is visiting and on modes of transportation (ship, airplane or car) he is using in Canada. It takes precedence over all other flags.

The flag is a banner of the Royal Arms of Canada, which means it is a rectangular version of the shield of the coat of arms of Canada. The Arms of Canada were proclaimed in 1921. They are a symbol of sovereignty and represent the monarch and the monarch’s Canadian government. The flag contains a sprig of three red maple leaves representing Canada and Canadians, as well as the royal emblems of England, Scotland, Ireland and France.

The King gave his approval to the flag design shortly before his coronation, in May 2023. The design was prepared by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has this flag been used before in Canada?

Not in this exact form. In 1962, Queen Elizabeth II approved a personal flag for her use in Canada, which was this flag with the addition of a personal emblem (a crowned letter E, at the centre).

Why does this flag not use a personal emblem like that of Queen Elizabeth II’s flag for use in Canada?

As this is the sovereign’s coat of arms for Canada in a flag form, no further identifying mark is required. This development brings the Canadian flag in line with the Royal Standards of England and of Scotland, which are rectangular versions of the two countries’ arms, used to indicate the presence of the King. The Sovereign’s Flag for Canada is a permanent emblem that will be the same for all our future kings and queens.

Can an individual fly the flag to indicate support of the monarch or to mark a significant occasion?

Unlike the National Flag of Canada, which may be flown by any member of the public, the Sovereign’s Flag for Canada is intended for official purposes, and is only to be used to indicate the presence of the monarch.