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The Royal Burnham Yacht Club ensign is a blue ensign with a royal crown in
Graham Bartram, 9 May 2004
The flag shown here was drawn as the Customs
Ensign 1873-1949, which has an identical description.
David Prothero, 17 September 2005
image by Clay Moss, 14 June 2019
An update for the Royal Burnham Yacht Club using a St. Edwards crown.
Clay Moss, 23 February 2006
image by Clay Moss, 17 June 2019
Yacht Clubs that were granted the title "Royal" added a crown to their burgee without any authorisation. The first club to enquire whether this was correct, was the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club of Canada in 1894. They were told that, "There is no objection to a device, of which the crown may be a part, being worn on the club burgee, but for this Admiralty approval is not required."
The matter was raised again in 1927 when the Burnham Yacht Club which had just
been granted the title "Royal", but had not then been granted a special ensign,
asked the Home Office if it could put a crown on its burgee (white with a blue
edged St George's cross, and a shield bearing three seaxes in the canton). After
consulting the King's private secretary, and the Yacht Racing Association (now
the Royal Yachting Association) the Home Office ruled that, "When yacht clubs
are made "royal" they might display a crown somewhere. At any rate it would seem
right that they should." They then informed the Admiralty that they would adhere
to the ruling of 1894, but did not wish the decision to be made known outside
official circles, and told the Royal Burnham Yacht Club that a crown might
properly be displayed on the club burgee.
[National Archives (PRO) HO 144/9413]
David Prothero, 25 May 2007