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Grand Master Flag
by Zeljko Heimer, 8 June 2002

[Grand Master of the Order of Malta 1988 (Andrew Bertie)]
Current Grand Master Andrew Bertie's flag
by Jaume Ollé



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Grand Master of the Order

His Eminent Highness the Prince Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie. The upper image is the flag of the Grand Master of the Order (according to Ivan Sache), and the lower image is that of the current Grand Master, and includes a Collar of the Order around the Cross.
Santiago Dotor
, 4 May 1999

The white Maltese cross on red is the flag of the Grand Master of the Order. The flag of the Order is a plain (St.George's) white cross on red.
Santiago Dotor , 8 September 1999

I confirm it from Album des Pavillons. The flag of Grand Master is captioned "in Roma". Would this mean that the Grand Master use a different personal standard when outside Roma ? As the Order is "Sovereign", the Grand Master should have the rank of Head of State and the possibility to make official visits in "foreign" countries.
Ivan Sache , 8 September 1999

I suggest that the caption merely stated where the Grand Master is found when he is at home, for the benefit of those who don't know that the Villa Maltese is located in Rome, at 68 Via Condotti, said to be a minute's walk from the bottom of the Spanish Steps.
John Ayer , 9 September 1999

As the author of this caption, I confirm John's suggestion, this is what I meant. in the caption of this flag in the oncoming "Album des Pavillons" edition 2000 which will be bi-lingual, I have merely written the caption : "Grand Mastre - Grand Master"
Armand Noel du Payrat , 9 September 1999


by Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000

In "Flags in South Africa and the world", Proceedings of the XVIIth International Congress of Vexillology, there is a rich paper by Adrian Strickland, entitled: "The vexillological heritage of the Knights of Saint-John in Malta" (pp. 277-287) . I have extracted few flags from the valuable paper:

Standard of the Grand Master :
The personal standard of the Grand Master should be square instead of rectangular as shown above . The second flag shown above is the Grand Master's motor car used on official occasions
Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000

According to [pay00] - Grand Master (2:3) - Red flag with white Maltese cross. The construction delatis are given of this same flag in Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu92]. The size of the circle circumscribeing the cross is 28/44 of the hoist (i.e. 7/11). But Neubecker also gives the dimension between two neighbouring vertexes of the cross (i.e. the side of the octogon) as 11, but this cant be exactly so (my calculation give number on three digits as 10.769 which is close enough).
Zeljko Heimer, 8 June 2002


Historical standards of the Grand Masters

In "Flags in South Africa and the world", Proceedings of the XVIIth International Congress of Vexillology, there is a rich paper by Adrian Strickland, entitled: "The vexillological heritage of the Knights of Saint-John in Malta" (pp. 277-287) . I have extracted few flags from the valuable paper:


by Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000

Grand Masters used to quarter their own personal arms with those of the Order in the first and fourth quarters, as for instance in the standard of Grand Master Pinto (1741-1773).


by Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000

But arms were also often quartered per saltire, as shown in another standard of Grand Master Pinto.


by Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000

Other Grand Masters did not quarter their arms, as for instance Grand Master Rohan.


by Ivan Sache , 30 October 2002

The burgee ("gagliardetto") used by Grand Master Perellos (1697-1720) in less formal occasions seems to me canting
Ivan Sache , 28 Febuary 2000


Grand Masters Arms on Stamps

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta releases its own post stamps (labelled in Italian 'Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta - Poste Magistrali'). A current series of such stamps shows the arms of the Grand Masters. These stamps could be an excellent source to complete the Grand Masters' banner of arms series partially shown above. Unfortunately, my stamp catalogue only shows small black-and-white 'previews' of the stamps, of little use here.
Ivan Sache, 25 August 2001

I have published the Sovereign Military Order of Malta's Grand Masters Arms at my website: http://www.smom-za.org/smom/grandmasters/index.htm.
Father Gerard, 11 November 2001


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