The college flag is the most important visual element for the student of any college. The Royal flag has, through the years, kept up the college spirit during celebrations.
The earliest mentioning of the College Flag is at a Prize Giving. There is no record in any document of the college Flag prior to 1904. In the colonial era, although the College colours existed, the union Jack had to be carried by the boys of Royal College in any March Past, as the empire Day Games. Not much flag waving is reported in the earliest period when cricket was introduced to the school. In later years however, flags were seen sticking out of bullock carts, parading around on big Match days. Later on bicycles, and still later on cars and finally from buses and even lorries.
Prior to the 1950’s the College Flags were never carried to a Rugby match. However, today the College Flag is an essential item of a students equipment for the Royal-Thomian Cricket Match and even at the Royal-Trinity Rugby Match.
The role of the Royal College flag can be summed up with the Prize Day speech of Acting Principal Sampson in 1924;
“As a part of the same scheme I have had the College Flag embroidered with the college Crest. I hope that the Flag will serve as a symbol of devotion owed by every Royalist past and present to his School. A school that is worth anything must impress on its boys a sense of loyalty and devotion and I hope that this Flag will help to produce in all Royal College Boys a sense of loyalty to their College, keep their flag flying as the proud symbol of the best school in Ceylon.”