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New Commonwealth Games Federation Flag
2019-present flag; image by Zachary Harden, 31 July 2022

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Origin of the Federation Flag

New Commonwealth Games Federation Flag
pre 2019 flag; image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 March 2006

The Commonwealth Games Federation itself uses a flag different from the Ceremonial flag. When the new seal was voted upon in 2001, both the Ceremonial Flag and Games Federation Flag was changed to reflect the new seal (see below). This flag is used at the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Federation in London, at other locations whenever the Federation meets, and at the Commonwealth Games itself, though is placed in a location to avoid confusion with the Ceremonial Flag.
As both the new Ceremonial Flag and the new Games Federation Flag were quite similar to each other, this caused confusion at the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games (Manchester, England), when the Federation Flag was mistakenly raised, instead of the Ceremonial Flag.  This mixup was resolved in time for the Closing Ceremony, when the correct flag was lowered and handed over to the Premier of the State of Victoria (Australia), where the XVIII Games will be held in 2006 (Melbourne).
(Source: Graham Bartram, XVII Games Vexillologist )
Dean Thomas, 7 August 2002

The Previous Commonwealth Games Federation Flag

Old Commonwealth Games Federation Flag
image by Dean Thomas, 7 August 2002

This flag was based on the Ceremonial flag of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games (by use of the 1966-2001 seal on a white background and a red-white-blue border).  Some variants of this flag had the red-white-blue border in a diagonal "barber-pole" pattern.
Dean Thomas, 7 August 2002