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British Royal Standards, Queen Victoria 1837-1901

House of Hanover

Last modified: 2012-01-20 by rob raeside
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[British royal standard] image by Martin Grieve, 2 April 2007

based on illustrations in F.E. Hulme's 'Flags of the World' c1895 and Benjamin Edgington's Empire Calendar c1898

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Victoria (1837-1901)

Victoria could not ascend to the throne of Hanover, as a woman cannot inherit the throne under Salic law, therefore the arms of Hanover were removed from the Royal Standard. This results in the current Royal standard of quartered England, Scotland and Ireland. [usually seen 1:2, rarely 2:3]

Most sources show 6 fleur-de-lys on the tressure flory-counter-flory, although I've just seen one such standard flying in footage on a CD-ROM from a British Tourist Bureau, and it had 8 fleur-de-lys. For details of the standards used by members of these families, see our page on the Royal Family, and other members of the Royal Family.
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg
, 23 April 2002

At the end of the 19th century the only member of the Royal Family with a distinctive Standard was Edward, Prince of Wales. The undifferenced Royal Standard was used by not only Queen Victoria, but also by other members of the Royal Family, was hoisted at military parades celebrating the Sovereign's Birthday, and flown on official buildings throughout the Empire on the Anniversaries of the Sovereign's Birthday, Coronation and Accession. It was also flown on government buildings when the Sovereign was passing in State, and by private individuals and organisations who thought that it was an appropriate way of displaying their loyalty to the crown.

The propriety of flying the Royal Standard became an issue when preparations for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession were planed in 1897. Those who asked the Home Office for permission to fly the Royal Standard, were told that only Her Majesty, members of the Royal Family and certain Public Departments were entitled to fly the Royal Standard, but no action was taken against those who flew it without requesting permission.
David Prothero, 11 April 2007

Standard of Albert, Prince Consort 1857-1861

Albert, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

[Prince Albert] image by Martin Grieve, 9 April 2007

based on Le Gras (1858)

Royal Standard differenced by a three point label charged with one cross of St George, quartered with the Standard of Saxony. The charge on the Arms of Saxony is a chaplet of rue that was added when Emperor Frederick Barbarossa confirmed the dukedom on Bernhard of Anhalt.

Queen Victoria married her cousin, Francis Albert, Duke of Saxony, and Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840, but he was not granted the title Prince Consort until 1857, four years before he died.
David Prothero, 9 April 2007

Continued as House of Saxe-Coburg/Windsor