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Flags have been used from the earliest times to identify individuals and groups. Ancient armies carried flags emblazoned with eagles, ravens, dragons and other like devices. Medieval flags often bore religious emblems, such as the Cross of St. George. Many flags which originated as the insignia of individuals, gradually came to represent the state or agencies within the state.
A general term with the following meanings: consecrated ceremonial flags carried by designated CF combatant formations and units, including Standards, Guidons, Queen's Colours, and command, regimental and military college Colours.