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Rajawong Noi

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[Other Princes' Broad Pennant (Thailand)] 1:8
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image by Calvin Paige Herring and Eugene Ipavec
Flag adopted 1911


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Description

From the Singha Beer source:

Rajawong Noi
The Rajawong Noi is divided into two parts, one of which is less than 60 cms. wide and resembles the Rajawong Yai while next to it is a long white flag which gradually gets narrower until the fly side is half the width of the left side.

The total width is 14 cms. [sic — maybe "the total length is 140 cm"?], with the right-or fly end cut in the shape of a bird's tail, measuring half the width of the left end. First used in B.E. 2453 [1910 AD], it was flown in place of the Rajawong Yai whenever no 21-gun salute had been ordered. Later, in B.E.2456 [1913 AD], the Ministry for the Navy issued the following regulations governing the use of these "Rajawong" flags:

  1. The "Rajawong Yai" is to be used to signal the presence on board of Her Majesty the Queen or one of the Royal Princes, except in cases where His Majesty has issued an order to use the "Rajawong Noi".
  2. The "Rajawong Noi" is to be used to signal the presence on board the Royal Yacht of any other members of the Royal family. Should Their Majesties be attending a special state function and a special order have been issued to the contrary by the Ministry of the Navy, the Rajawong Yai is to be used.
Currently, the Rajawong Noi is used to denote the presence of the Princes and the Brothers of His Majesty the King, called the "Rajawong Noi Fai Na". it is to be used in place of [sic] the Rajawong Yai Fai Na when order for no 21 gun salute has been given.

Santiago Dotor, 27 Oct 1999


Other Princesses' Broad Pennant

Rajawong Noi Fai Nai

[Other Princesses' Broad Pennant (Thailand)] 1:8
(Click on image to see full-size detail)
image by Calvin Paige Herring and Eugene Ipavec
Flag adopted 1911

From the Singha Beer source:

Rajawong Noi (Fai Nai)
The Rajawong Noi Fai Nai is divided into two parts; the left hand side which is dark blue and measures less than 60 centimetres, contains a yellow circle in the center, in the middle of which sits the red garuda emblem. The right hand section is a red pennant which gradually tapers off into the shape of a bird's tail. This is flown whenever an order has been issued by His Majesty that there be no 21 gun salute.

The flag was initiated in B.E.2453 [1910 AD] by King Rama VI for use by Princesses. Later, in accordance with a special Royal Decree of B.E.2481 [1938 AD], the flag was used to denote the presence of the Princess Mother or the daughters or sisters of the King. The two flags [Rajawong Yai Fai Nai and Rajawong Noi Fai Nai] have been in use ever since — right down to the present time.

Santiago Dotor, 27 Oct 1999


Other Princes' Flag until 1910

Rajawong

From the Singha Beer source:

Rajawong Flag
This dark blue flag measuring 5î by 6î [sic — elsewhere these î "units" are omitted, so they are probably wrong here — I guess they are ratios rather than actual measures, since measures are in cm elsewhere] carries the national coat of arms in the middle, above which hovers the Chakkra or Royal Wheel with a trident through the center. Above the "Chakkra" stands a crown.
The Rajawong first made its appearance during the reign of King Rama V in accordance with Royal Decree R.S.116. It was flown from the main mast of the Royal Yacht or of any battleship carrying a member of the Royal family on an official visit. It denoted the presence on board of a senior member of the Royal Family, one deemed worthy of a 21-gun salute to be accompanied by the ship's officers lined up on parade, together with a full parade of military officers and a band playing the Royal Anthem. Lesser members of the Royal Family needed to have special permission from His Majesty the King before using the flag, which remained in use until B.E.2453 [1910 AD].

Santiago Dotor, 27 Oct 1999


Other Princesses' Flag 1899-1910

Rajawong Fai Nai

['Rajawong Fai Nai' or Former Other Princes' Flag (Thailand)]
The blue border matches the original source's background and is not part of the flag
from the Singha Beer source

From the Singha Beer source:

The Rajawong (Fai Nai)
The dark blue flag carries the national coat of arms in the middle, above which lies the Chakkra —the symbol of Chakkri Dynasty— crowned by a trident, while above that sits the Crown of the Chakkri Kings. The flag end is shaped like the tail of a bird. The flag —the flag of the female members of the Royal Family— was initiated by King Rama V in B.E.2442 [1899 AD]. Known at that time as the Rajawong Flag, it was in use until B.E.2453 [1910 AD].

Santiago Dotor, 27 Oct 1999