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Royal banners are special flags presented to commemorate specific services. Designs vary by circumstances. Royal banners:
- are presented at public expense as special marks of Royal favour, on specific occasions;
- may be carried on parade on important ceremonial occasions for the organization concerned;
- are not consecrated Colours and do not receive the compliments paid to consecrated Colours; and
- are not replaced when worn beyond usable life, but are then deposited, like Colours, as memorials to the service which the banner commemorates.