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"Royal" Guidelines


Use of the word "Royal" in organisational names or in business is an offence under the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981 if it does not have the express authorisation of the Queen or the Governor-General.  Other words that claim or imply the patronage of the Queen or another member of the Royal Family are similarly protected, and their use requires the express authorisation of the Queen.

The Ministry has prepared guidelines on the use of the word "Royal" which explains the process for obtaining authorisation.

Use of the word "Royal" guidelines

The Ministry does not have any printed resources featuring the official portrait of the Queen. A 2012 Diamond Jubilee photograph can be downloaded from the Governor-General's website.


Updated on 7th October 2019