Flag days

The two magnificent west towers above the Great West Door were constructed from Portland stone between 1722 and 1745 to a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor.

On top of the north tower sits a flag pole on which the Abbey flies flags - of the Commonwealth Nations, the Flag of St Peter, the Abbey Flag, the Union Flag, the Flags of the National Saints, the Royal Air Force Flag, and the Royal Standard.

The West Towers of Westminster Abbey with the Abbey flag flying

 The Flag of St Peter

Flag of St Peter

Red with a pair of Golden Cross Keys, together with the Ring of St Edward the Confessor. This flag combines the symbols of the two Patron Saints of the Abbey: the ring of St Edward the Confessor, king of England 1042–1066 and founder of the Abbey in 1065; and the keys of St Peter, keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven, after whom the Abbey was named when it was re-founded as a Collegiate Church in 1560. It is flown on most Church Festivals, such as the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Christmas Day.


The Abbey Flag

Abbey flag

This bears the coat of arms of Westminster Abbey, and is flown during a State Visit on the day when the Head of State visits the Grave of The Unknown Warrior.


Other Flags

The Union Flag is flown on Remembrance Sunday.

The Flags of the National Saints; George, Andrew, and Patrick, are flown on their respective days, and the Welsh Dragon Flag is flown on St David's Day.

The Royal Air Force Flag is flown on the Commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

The Royal Standard is flown whenever the Sovereign is within the Abbey or its Precincts. It is also flown whenever the Sovereign opens Parliament, a privilege granted by King Edward VII.

A National Flag is flown on the day when the High Commission of a Commonwealth member state is represented at Evensong.


Flag day calendar

July

Saturday, 20th July 2024
St Margaret of Antioch, martyr, c 304
St Peter flag

Monday, 22nd July 2024
St Mary Magdalene
St Peter flag

Thursday, 25th July 2024
St James the Apostle
St Peter flag

August

Tuesday, 6th August 2024
The Transfiguration of Our Lord
St Peter flag

Thursday, 15th August 2024
The Blessed Virgin Mary
St Peter flag

Saturday, 24th August 2024
St Bartholomew the Apostle
St Peter flag

September

Monday, 9th September 2024
The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St Peter flag

Saturday, 14th September 2024
Holy Cross Day
St Peter flag

Sunday, 15th September 2024
Battle of Britain Sunday
RAF Ensign