- The Order of Malta has three official flags and two official emblems
- All except one feature the white eight-pointed cross
- Two feature the white latin cross
- All are colored in red and white
The State Flag
The State Flag of the Sovereign Order of Malta is a red rectangular flag featuring the white latin cross.
Also known as the flag of St. John, this flag has been flown by the Order since approximately 1291, when the Order left the Holy Land for Cyprus and hoisted this flag over all its ships.
Today, the State Flag flies over the Order’s Magistral Palace in Rome. It also accompanies the Grand Master and members of the Sovereign Council on official visits.
The Flag of the Order of Malta’s Works
The Flag of the Order of Malta’s Works is also a red flag, though this flag features the eight-pointed white cross in lieu of the latin cross featured on the State Flag.
This flag is flown by the Order’s Grand Priories and Subpriories, National Associations and over diplomatic missions around the world. It is also flown wherever the Order’s ambulance corps, foundations, and specialized units operate.
The Flag of His Highness the Grand Master
The Flag of His Highness the Grand Master is a red flag featuring a white eight-pointed cross encircled by the Collar of the Order and surmounted by a crown.
This is the personal flag of the Grand Master which flies over the Magistral Palace as well as the Order’s Magistral seats when the Grand Master is in residence.
The Sovereign Order of Malta’s Armorial Bearing
The Sovereign Order of Malta’s Armorial Bearing features a oval-shaped white latin cross surrounded by a rosary, superimposed on a white eight-pointed cross, beneath a gold-trimmed mantle surmounted by a crown.
This emblem is used by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Magistry and its Institutions, including Grand Priories, Subpriories, National Associations and Diplomatic Missions.