The Standard of the President
The Standard of the President is white with the rectangular cross in the colour proportions of the national flag. In the centre of the cross covering the interruption of the colours of the national flag, there are the big coat-of-arms of Latvia. The height of the coat-of-arms is 1/3 of the width of the Standard; the centre of the sun depicted on the shield of the coat-of-arms is in the centre of the Standard. The proportion between the width of the national colours and that of the Standard is 1:5. The proportion between the length and width is 3:2.
The Standard of the President of the Republic of Latvia is used:
- Above or at the building where the President is residing,
- In the offices of the President,
- On the car or another vehicle that is transporting the President,
- In other instances indicated by the President.
The offices of the President usually have both the flag of Latvia and the Presidential Standard. In that case, the flag of Latvia is in the place of honour to the right of the President, while the Presidential flag or Standard is to the President’s left.
The national flag of Latvia and the Standard of the President of Latvia during an awarding ceremony of the state awards on 18 November 2015. Photo: Chancery of the President of Latvia
When the President appears at events such as press conferences, both flags shall be used (if the large flags are being used).
When the President is abroad, the flag of Latvia must be flown outside the place where the President is residing. If he chooses to reside at an embassy of Latvia, then both the flag of Latvia and the Presidential flag or Standard are flown.
If the President is travelling within the country or he is accompanied or greeted when going to or returning from official visits abroad, then on the right side of his car (from the perspective of the driving direction), a proportionally smaller Presidential Standard or flag must be placed on a special flagpole.
If a foreign official of the relevant level is travelling in a car in Latvia without the presence of Latvia’s top official, then a proportionally smaller flag of Latvia is to be placed on the left side of the vehicle, and the proportionally smaller flag of the relevant country is placed on the right side of the vehicle. The flags must be of the same size. The placement of the flags also indicates the side in the car where the official sits. The foreign guest always sits on the right size. In a cortege of cars, only the main car usually carries the flag.
When high-ranking officials go on private (unofficial) trips in Latvia, the flag is usually not used on the car.
If the President goes on an official trip on a sea or river ship that is registered in Latvian shipping register, then the flag of Latvia shall be flown on-board.
When the President goes on or returns from official or working visits abroad, the flag of Latvia is flown at the airport.
If the President arrives on a state or official visit by plane abroad, the plane can carry the flag. This applies to the flag of Latvia and the flag of the country that is being visited, or the flag of Latvia and the Presidential Standard, in each case of proportionate size.