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I believe I have the answer from A to Z. However I'll hold fire until
we see what else it brings. I'll give you the answer now and you can
reserve it until we see whatever we see.
The carrier is the Illustrious which was at the very end of a world
tour of showing the flag. It was always intended it would be at Hong
Kong for the hand over to the Chinese, the Bandmaster was WO 1st Class
Martin, I have his initials too but I don't want to interrupt the flow.
The Yacht had aboard, Prince Charles and Mr. Chris Patten the retiring
Governor of Hong Kong.
The flags that are flying are that of FORY as he was in command of the
Yacht. The Royal Standard is of course for HRH and maybe the special
one he flies until he ascends the throne. On the Mizzen mast is the
standard of the Master of Trinity House, which he also is.
I have no idea at the moment why this flag was chosen for this occasion
but something at the back of my mind tells me that I know the answer
but that it just won't free up from the sludge.
By and large it is a pretty good poser and we'll see if anyone responds.
I hope so.
Stay well and be happy.