Governor general’s flag

The governor general’s flag has precedence over all flags in Canada except:

  • The King’s personal Canadian flag
  • the flag of the lieutenant governor of a province at the lieutenant governor’s residence
  • when the lieutenant governor is performing his duties as The King’s representative in the province

The same provisions specified for the Sovereign’s flag and other personal standards apply to the governor general’s flag.

The coat of arms of the governor general changes with each new governor general while the flag remains the same: the crest of the Canada Coat of Arms on a blue field. The crest depicts a lion wearing the St. Edward’s Crown, holding a red maple leaf in its front right paw, and standing on a wreath of red and white cloth. This flag was approved by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.

Flag of the Governor General

Learn more on the role and responsibilities of the governor general.

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