Royal Flags of Thailand

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Usual display of royal flags alternating with the flag of Thailand on a street in Bangkok
Shop selling flags in Thailand

The Royal Flags of Thailand (Thai: ธงประจำพระองค์) are flags that are usually flown in Thailand along with the National flag to honor the King and Queen as well as the Royal Family of Thailand. Unlike the Royal Standards that are only displayed in special ceremonies and in particular locations, the royal flags are a ubiquitous sight all over Thailand. They are not commonly seen, however, outside of the country.

Description[edit]

There are two main royal flags, one for the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, popularly known as the "Ninth king" (Rama IX), and the other for Queen Sirikit. Both flags are in plain colors with their respective royal cyphers. Other members of the royal family, like Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak also have their own plain-color flags, but these are not seen very often, except at ceremonies personally led by them.

The royal flags are not only used officially, but also unofficially. They are displayed by Thai citizens of any social class or background at any location, usually beside the Thai flag, as a homage to their King and Queen. Honoring the royal family is a characteristic feature of Thai culture.

These flags are sold at most small stores and grocery stores in every town and village of Thailand. They come in many different sizes. Usually the symbol is printed only on one side of the flag.

Flag of the King[edit]

The King's flag is in yellow, the color of Monday, the day of his birth. It always has a symbol in the middle. There are a variety of symbols,[1] but recently most king's flags have either the symbol marking his 80th birthday or the one commemorating the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.[2]

Both emblems in the center of the flag are quite complex, involving Buddhist iconography and ancient royal symbols of authority as well, like the multi-tiered white umbrella.[3] The kings's symbols are always topped by the royal crown. Sometimes light rays are emanating from the top of the crown, these are also an element of royal symbology. In simplified versions of the flag the central symbol may come simply outlined in red.

Yellow is the color identified with the king in Thailand. Many Thais like to wear yellow shirts as an informal homage to their king, especially on Mondays, the day of his birth.

Flag of the Queen[edit]

The Queen's flag is in blue, the color of Friday, the day of her birth. Unlike the flag of the king, her flag has always the same symbol in the middle. The symbol is her acronym, the white letter intertwined with the dark blue letter, below a yellow or golden royal crown, sometimes with a pink scroll with Thai writing underneath. In simplified versions of the flag this symbol may come simply outlined in white on the blue ground. This flag is mostly displayed around August, the month of the Queen's birth.

List of Royal Flags[edit]

Royal Flag Dates Use Details
Royal Flag of King Rama IX.svg
1946 - Personal Flag of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Yellow flag (the King's birthday colour), the middle the depicts the Royal Cypher, topped by the Great Crown of Victory, in between is the Thai symbol for Aum.
Royal Flag of Queen Sirikit.svg
1950 - Personal Flag of Queen Sirikit Blue flag (the Queen's birthday colour), the middle is Queen Sirikit's Royal Cypher, topped by the Great Crown of Victory.
Royal flag of Queen Rambai Barni.jpg
1904 - 1984 Personal Flag of Queen Rambai Barni in Rama VII Pink flag (the Queen's birthday colour), the middle is Queen Rambai Barni's Royal Cypher, topped by the Great Crown of Victory.
Royal flag of Princess Srinagarindra.jpg
1900 - 1995 Personal Flag of Princess Srinagarindra Red flag (the Princess mother's birthday colour), the middle is Princess Srinagarindra's Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.png
1972 - Personal Flag of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Yellow flag (the Crown Prince's birthday colour), the middle is the Crown Prince's Royal Cypher, topped by the Great Crown of Victory, with a small "Chakri" (discus and trident, the emblem of the Royal House of Chakri) beneath the Crown.
Royal Flag of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.png
1977 - Personal Flag of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Purple flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher, topped by the simplified crown.
Royal Flag of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak.png
1982 - Personal Flag of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak Orange flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher, topped by the simplified crown.
Royal Flag of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda.png
1946–2011 Personal Flag of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda, the only daughter of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) Pink flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher, topped by the Great Crown of Victory.
Royal Flag of Princess Galyani Vadhana.png
1995–2008 Personal Flag of Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Princess of Naradhiwas Princess Galyani Vadhana (1923–2008), the king's elder sister, had a navy-blue flag. The personal symbol of the Princess, her acronym surmounted by a simplified crown, is in the middle of the flag. Unlike the other royal flags, which have the color of the day of birth as a background, this flag was in the Princess' favourite colour.
Royal Flag of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya.svg
2001 - Personal Flag of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Red flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher, but not topped by the simplified crown. Because of her relinquishing her royal titles, she had previously held the royal title Her Royal Highness. She still retains the style of Tunkramom Ying, which alludes to the status of Chao Fa, but she does not officially hold the Chao Fa title at present.
Royal Flag of Princess Suvadhana.jpg
1925 - 1982 Personal Flag of Queen Suvadhana Princess consort of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), with Purple flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Princess Srirasmi.png
2005 - Personal Flag of Princess Srirasm, the Royal Consort of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Orange flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Princess Soamsavali.png
1977 - Personal Flag of Princess Soamsavali Purple flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher, under the Buddhist/Hindu sacred sign of "Unalome".
Royal Flag of Princess Bajrakitiyabha.svg
1978 - Personal Flag of Princess Bajrakitiyabha, the daughter of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his first wife, Princess Soamsavali Orange flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.png
2005 - Personal Flag of Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, daughter of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his second wife, Yuvadhida Polpraserth Orange flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.svg
2005 - Personal Flag of Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, son of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his third wife, Princess Srirasm Blue flag (the Prince’s birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Princess Siribhachudhabhorn.png
1982 - Personal Flag of Princess Siribhachudhabhorn, eldest daughter of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and Virayudh Didyasarin Blue flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), the middle is the Royal Cypher.
Royal Flag of Princess Adityadhornkitikhun.jpg
2010 - Personal Flag of Princess Adityadhornkitikhun, Second daughter of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and Virayudh Didyasarin purple flag (the Princess’ birthday colour), not the Royal Cypher.

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