All 52 historic county flags raised in Parliament Square as festivities take place in cities, towns and villages across England, Scotland and Wales.
The flags of 52 historic counties will fly proudly at the heart of government today as the nation celebrates our shared heritage to mark Historic County Flag Day.
All 52 registered historic county flags have been hoisted in Parliament Square in resplendent celebration as festivities take place in cities, towns and villages across England, Scotland and Wales.
These historic flags fluttering in unison serve as a reminder of our rich history and is part of the government’s mission to celebrate the traditions that bind our communities together and instil pride in the places we live as we build back better from the pandemic.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said:
Earlier this week, the Communities Secretary wrote to all councils across Great Britain, urging them to proudly raise their flag to celebrate Historic County Flag Day.
This year, there will also be two new additions to the line-up, with Leicestershire and Herefordshire including their new county flags for the first time.
The Leicestershire flag combines three of the county’s symbols: the red and white dancetté background, taken from the arms of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester; the Cinquefoil of the de Beaumont Earls of Leicester; and the running fox from the county’s crest, used on many of the county organisations.
The Herefordshire flag is also made up of three famous symbols linked to the county: the dark red field, Herefordshire bull, and River Wye.
Cllr David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said:
There are no registered or widely recognised county flags for Northern Ireland so the Union flag is flown at the head of the display so that all parts of the United Kingdom are represented.