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The Anglican Diocese of Cape Town website reports (28 September 2010) that "Recently the Archbishop received the gift of a new flag for the Diocese. During the Soccer World Cup the Archbishop had started flying the South African flag on one of the two flag posts at the gate of Bishopscourt. The other pole looked very bare. Father Richard Girdwood, the Rector of Observatory, who has as one of his hobbies vexillology (flags), designed a flag for the Diocese, based on its Coat of Arms.
The new flag was presented to the Archbishop by Mrs Tamra Capstick-Dale, who had the art-work and manufacture of the flag done. She is the recently appointed Grand Bailiff of the Order of St Lazarus or Jerusalem in South Africa."
image from http://www.oocities.com/kruisstaf/CTD.html"
A blazon and image of the Diocesan arms illustrated here shows that the new flag is not merely "based on" the Arms, but is in fact precisely a banner of Arms. The Arms were granted by the Royal College of Arms under Letters Patent dated 25 January 1952 and registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry under Certificate No. 458, dated 06 January 1972. The blazon reads:
Quarterly, azure and sable: I and IV,
a lion rampant argent; II and III: three open crowns
palewise or; on a cross throughout also or, an anchor in fess point sable and in
honour point a stag’s head erased, gules, between the attires a pheon azure.
Ned Smith, 30 Dec 2010