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flying flags
the College flag at half-mast with the cupola in the background
The flying of flags is a practice that enables the College to show its respect for individuals, customs, and values. Historically, Queen’s has flown the College flag, bearing its coat of arms, and the Union Flag, the national flag of the UK, on the specific occasions outlined below. More recently, the College has chosen to fly the Pride Flag to publicly affirm its commitment to equality and diversity.

The College has three flags: the College Flag bearing its coat of arms, the Union Flag, and the Intersex-inclusive version of the Progress Pride Flag.

The College Flag is flown on the occasion of the Needle and Thread Gaudy, the Easter Day Gaudy, the Fettiplace Gaudy, Queen Elizabeth’s Official Birthday, Encaenia, the Founder’s Day Gaudy, the Old Members’ Dinner, the 50th Anniversary Matriculation Gaudy Lunch, the All Saints Day Gaudy and the Boar’s Head Gaudy, and each 6 February (Queen Elizabeth’s Accession), 21 April (Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday), and 2 June (Coronation).

The College Flag is flown at half-mast on the occasion of the death of a current or former Provost, of a current Official, Emeritus, Honorary, Supernumerary, or Research Fellow, of a former Official Fellow, and of a current junior member (whether undergraduate or postgraduate).

The College Flag can be flown on other occasions at the absolute discretion of the Provost.

The Union Flag is flown in addition to the College Flag on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s Official Birthday and each 6 February (Queen Elizabeth’s Accession), 21 April (Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday), and 2 June (Coronation).*

The Intersex-inclusive version of the Progress Pride Flag is flown during February (LGBT+ History Month) and June (LGBT Pride Month). Should there be occasions on which the Union Flag or the College Flag needs to be flown in February or June in accordance with the Bylaws or relevant Governing Body Orders, or any flag lowered or displayed in a lowered position, they will take precedence.

*Please note that these dates are awaiting updates following the accession of King Charles III.