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Regent's Standard 1936-? (Thailand)

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[Regent's Standard 1936-? (Thailand)] 1:1 image by Wikimedia Commons User Sodacan, 25 August 2018

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From the Singha Beer source:

The Regent's Flag
This is a square white flag. In the middle stands a coat of arms with a yellow stripe measuring one-tenth the width of the flag.

The coat of arms itself consists of the colours of the Trairanga, though the stripes are at an angle at the centre of the escutcheon. Above the coat of arms hovers a red garuda. The flag was only used to denote the presence of the Regent on official duty. It was first used in B.E.2479 [1936 AD].

This appears in Flaggenbuch 1939 as Regentschaftsrat or "Regency Council" and having a 1:1 ratio. The garuda is shown completely red, including talons etc.
Santiago Dotor, 5 November 1999

From the Album 2000:

Regent's Standard
White flag with a yellow-bordered shield with diagonally set national colours (gules a bend sinister azure fimbriated argent) and topped with the Royal Garuda. Footnote explains that it is not used presently.
Željko Heimer, 30 March 2003

The footnote (above) explains that it is not used presently. This may not be the case any more after the recent death of King Rama IX and the assumption by Prem Tinsulanonda of a regency expected to last up to a year. See It is worth keeping an eye on Thai and international press photos to see if the 1936 flag returns to use, or if the Thais use a different flag for the regent.
David Phillips, 16 October 2016

David Phillips on 16 October 2016 asked/pondered about the use of the Regent's Standard after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The official that was tasked as regent, Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, served in this role for approximately seven weeks. During that time frame, I could not find any evidence that this standard was used at all. Truthfully, I cannot find any instance where this standard was used at all.
Zachary Harden, 21 August 2018


According to the Flag Act 1979: "Section 43. Flags Showing Positions in General are: (1) Standard for the Regent of Thailand which is square shape with white field; in the middle of the flag, there is a yellow coat of arm[s] with the width of 1 part out of 2 parts of the width of the flag; inside the yellow coat of arm[s], there is another coat of arm[s] with the colours of the National Flag with the width of 3 parts out of 5 parts of the width of the yellow coat of arm[s]; Above the coats of arm, there is a red Garuda which is of the same size as the yellow coat of arm[s],."
Zachary Harden, 25 August 2018