Last modified: 2003-05-31 by santiago dotor
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by Calvin Paige Herring
Flag adopted 1911
From the Singha Beer source:
This yellow flag [similar to th-r-qen.gif above but with smaller Garuda], measuring 10 by 15, with one side cut into the shape of a bird's tail, and the apex reaching a quarter of the way along the flag's total length, is similar to the "Maharaj Yai" in that there is a red garuda in the middle. Flown from the main mast of the Royal Yacht when on official business, it denotes the presence on board of Her Majesty the Queen.
This flag was first used during the reign of King Rama VI, following the issuing of a special Royal Decree (R.S.129) specifying that there should be two types of flag for the exclusive use of Her Majesty the Queen, i.e. the above-mentioned "Rachini Yai" and the "Rachini Noi". These flags have been in use ever since right down to the present day.
Santiago Dotor, 27 October 1999
Editor's note: see also the Personal Flag of H.M. Queen Sirikit.