150 years of the Royal Navy’s White Ensign

The White Ensign
The White Ensign
The fragment from the Union Jack believed to have flown on board HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Credit: Sotheby's

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TODAY marks 150 years since Queen Victoria introduced the White Ensign — the flag of the Admiralty – as the navy’s flag.

To celebrate the anniversary, two naval charities will be uniting tonight to mark the historic date and raise the profile of their work.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the White Ensign Association want to raise the profile of the charity’s aims and the level of support needed by the nation’s naval family.

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, president of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and chairman of The White Ensign Association, said: ‘The White Ensign is the globally-recognised symbol of the Royal Navy.

‘Nelson led his fleet in HMS Victory at Trafalgar under this flag and in the week after Her Majesty named the navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, it is fitting we mark this historic day.

‘Tonight’s charitable gathering is just one of the many ways in which these two charities raise the profile of the ongoing needs of the nation’s sailors, marines and reservists.’