National events and ceremonies


The government is involved with a number of national events and ceremonies including some ceremonial duties for HM The Queen, as our head of state, and the royal family. These events have a high profile and significance for the country and it is important that they are carried out to the highest standards.


First World War Centenary

In 2014 we will begin to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Within government, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for organising these commemorations, along with colleagues from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Imperial War Museums and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Remembrance Sunday

DCMS co-ordinates the arrangements for Remembrance Sunday, which is held annually at 11am on the second Sunday in November.

Major royal events

Within government, DCMS is responsible for preparing ceremonial routes at London and Windsor for state visits, certain other major royal events, like funerals, and making sure flags are flown at major state occasions such as Trooping the Colour.

We are also responsible for providing facilities for the media at these events.

Designated days for Union Flag flying

There are no rules on legal restrictions on what flags you can fly. DCMS is responsible for informing UK government departments (though not devolved government departments) about designated flag flying days. These include royal birthdays and anniversaries, and national celebration days.


Britain is a constitutional monarchy and HM The Queen is our Head of State. You can find more information on the official website of the British monarchy.

The honours system recognises the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. We accept nominations from the public all year round. Honours lists are announced twice every year, at the New Year and on the Queen’s birthday in June.