British Royal Standard Flag from 1406 – 1603
This version of the British Royal Standard was in official use previous to and throughout the reign of the House of Tudor (1485-1603). The Fleur de Lis was first introduced into the design by King Edward III in 1340 as a representation of his claim to the French throne by quartering the flag, placing the original King Richard I flag (which was the original royal standard) in the top right and bottom left quadrants and a blue field with several small gold fleurs in the remaining two quadrants. In 1406, King Henry IV modified the flag by reducing the number of fleurs to three, thus matching the number of lions (as it appears here in this listing). The royal standard remained unchanged after Henry VII seized the Crown in 1485 and continued to appear in this fashion until 1603, which marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth I who was childless and had no heirs thus ending the Tudor dynasty. The passing of the monarchy to the cousin of Queen Elizabeth, King James VI of Scotland, marked the beginning of the Stuart dynasty in England and the royal standard was modified by introducing distinctive Scottish elements to the design. The flag is commonly referred to as the Queen Elizabeth flag today as she was the last and most well-known monarch to have reigned while this standard was in use.
Printed polyester flag with bright, beautiful color. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Very lightweight, polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
- Bright color
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Reinforced header with brass grommets
- Flag size: 3′ x 5′