The Sovereign’s Flag for Canada indicates the presence of The King when he is in Canada. It can be flown from buildings he is visiting and on modes of transportation (e.g., a ship, airplane or car) he is using while in Canada. It takes precedence over all other flags.
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.
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.
This new design brings the Sovereign’s Flag for Canada in line with the Royal Standards of England and of Scotland, which are rectangular versions of the two countries’ Royal 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 future kings and queens of Canada.
For more information on new Royal emblems as well as His Majesty’s coronation, visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website.