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We can provide full size flags ( 9ft x 5ft) as Coffin Drapes (Palls) for the funeral of any Veteran of the Armed Service. **
We hold drapes for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy. Merchant Navy and the Union Flag for other services.
It is also possible for us to source regimental drapes with sufficient notice from suppliers or from the regimental associations.
This year we contacted the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the protocols for the use of service ensigns and flags for funerals and his office and the Ministry of Defence were able to confirm that for a serving member of the Armed Forces the coffin is draped in the Union Flag. They also confirmed that when a Veteran passes away they are entitled and allowed to have the ensign of the service that they served in, draped on their coffin as a mark of honour and respect.
This advice is the fact and overrides any information that families may be given by service associations or funeral directors.
If you would like to borrow one of the coffin drapes for your loved one's funeral, we are happy to supply these and send to either yourself or the funeral director and to be returned to us the day following the funeral.
A donation of £25 is requested for the loan of the drape including postage and packing , as our volunteers pay for these out of their own pockets as we do not receive any funding for our work. We have seen an increase in postal costs recently and this donation covers :
Washing and Ironing the drapes between usage
The letter for the funeral director regarding correct usage
Packaging of the drape correctly and safely
Cost of posting the drape to the family or funeral director
A small donation to our fund to support families through bereavement and loss
Please can you make the donation before us sending the parcel as we are having to pay postage upfront from our limited funds.
Veterans Bereavement Support
Sort Code: 30-98-97
Account number: 44034660
please use the deceased surname as reference
Email the request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give us as much notice as possible as we use Royal Mail First Class post for the parcel and this allows us time to get the drapes ironed and then posted as requested with the instructions for use
** Subject to availability
We stock drapes for over 70 regiments and can access more specific ones also.