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Coll 30/15 'Anthems and Flags of Various States. Bahrein [Bahrain], Koweit [Kuwait], Muscat, Asir, Yemen, Qatar, Trucial, Oman' [‎38v] (76/261)

The record is made up of 1 file (129 folios). It was created in 26 Jun 1917-7 Apr 1941. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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)fficer, H.M.3. BXDEFORD, one of the flags as flown
[•rom his dhow and on his palaces and motor-cars.
{, sketch of this flag is enclosed herewith, together
wit h a sample of its material, and X am to request
that they Eay he returned in due ,course. _
X am to request that, if the Secretary of
State concurs, further information as to the correct
flag may he obtained. My Lords observe that Bahrein
has a Sheikh's Standard as well as a State Flag, and
would suggest that it is possible that there may he
in the same way two distinct flags for Qatar also.
I am, Sir,
„ Your obedient Servant,

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This file contains correspondence between British officials related to the national anthems and official flags of a number of different states and their rulers. Specifically, the correspondence relates to the national anthem of Bahrain, the personal standard of the Ruler of Kuwait, the flag of Muscat, the flag of Qatar and the flags of the various states of the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .

In addition to correspondence, the file contains the following:

  • sheet music for the tune of 'Salutation and March to His Highness the Sultan of Muscat and Oman' (folio 45)
  • small sketches of the peace and wartime flags of the Trucial States, with details in both English and Arabic (folios 55-57)
  • a sketch of the flag of Qatar (folio 72 and 74)

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (129 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 130; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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Coll 30/15 'Anthems and Flags of Various States. Bahrein [Bahrain], Koweit [Kuwait], Muscat, Asir, Yemen, Qatar, Trucial, Oman' [‎38v] (76/261), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3725, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 July 2020]

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