The Flag Shop is a member of the world renowned Flag Research Center and maintains a vexillology library to answer your questions on flag protocol and other flag-related topics.
Flag protocol defines the proper placement, handling and use of flags. Some countries have very strict rules and guidelines to follow when it comes to flag protocol. Order of placement of flags at international events is very important, whether indoor or outdoor.
Country flag represents the nation and is a patriotic item which should be treated with respect. When it comes to using flags to show your patriotism and support for your country, sometimes it is very easy to violate the proper usage of flags. For example, Canada flag should not be used for window curtains, nor should it be used as tablecloth, or any use which denigrates the honour that should be bestowed upon it. Some countries even have added certain protocols into their law system that tied in with civil or criminal charges if the flag usage is against these protocols.
If you have any questions about flag protocol, The Flag Shop's protocol advice services are offered to you free of charge. You are also welcome to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Your question may already be answered there, or contact us and we'd be happy to help.
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