About Alex Crouch

Alex was born on 29th September 1992 in Chatham, Kent.

His alma mater is Southampton Solent University which he attended from 2011-14, obtaining an Upper 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in journalism.

He was a London 2012 Paralympic Games Maker as part of the team that monitored the ring road around the Olympic Park.

A keen sports fan, Alex has followed Formula One since he was 3.5 years old. His favourite driver is the late great Ayrton Senna.

Alex joined the Flag Institute team in January 2015.

Author Archive | Alex Crouch

New Zealand Flag Referendum Result: Victory for existing flag

BY ALEX CROUCH New Zealanders have voted to keep their existing national flag. The second and final round of the country’s referendum shows 56.7% voted for no change, while 43.3% voted for the Kyle Lockwood-designed alternative (below). Over 2.1m votes were cast, a turnout of 67.3%. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, had campaigned […]

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Flag of Honduras

BY ALEX CROUCH This year marks the 150th anniversary of the national flag of Honduras. Adopted in 1866 and inspired by the flag of the short-lived Federal Republic of Central America (F.R.C.A.) (1823-1839), the 1:2 proportioned flag consists of an upper and lower blue horizontal band sandwiching a white band containing five blue stars. The […]

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New Zealand Flag Referendum – Final Round

BY ALEX CROUCH The final round of the New Zealand Flag Referendum has begun, which will decide once and for all whether New Zealanders will keep their current flag or change it. The challenger, Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue), must defeat the existing national flag in a simple head-to-head ballot, which began […]

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[Merry] Christmas Island Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH Christmas Island was discovered on Christmas Day 1643 by Captain William Mynors. Today it makes up part of Australia’s External Territories. Given its Australian connection, the island’s flag was officially adopted on Australia Day (26th January) 2002, though the same design had been used unofficially since 14th April 1986. This was the […]

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New Zealand chooses challenger flag

BY ALEX CROUCH Kyle Lockwood’s Black, White and Blue design seems to have won the first round of the New Zealand Flag Referendum. With late and overseas votes still to be counted, it appears this design has beaten Lockwood’s other entrant (a Red, White and Blue variation) into second place. Voter turnout was 48-per-cent, a […]

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New Zealand flag referendum begins

BY ALEX CROUCH After celebrating their national institution’s Rugby Union World Cup triumph last month, New Zealanders are now deciding what flag their beloved All Blacks will play under when they defend their crown. The people of New Zealand have just begun voting in a referendum to once and for all decide whether or not […]

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Flag of Liechtenstein

BY ALEX CROUCH The Principality of Liechtenstein, the microstate between Switzerland and Austria, was formed within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 and gained its independence from the German Confederation in 1866, having been a member since 1815. The banner of the Princely House, a 3:5 proportioned flag with two horizontal bands (gold above red) […]

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Flag of Sealand

BY ALEX CROUCH The Principality of Sealand is perhaps the world’s most famous micronation. It was founded by the late Prince Paddy Roy Bates on 2nd September 1967. Located approximately 7.5 miles (12Km) off the Suffolk coast, the former HM Fort Roughs has been the subject of an invasion, a song, a music video and […]

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List of 40 potential new New Zealand flag designs unveiled

From over 10,000 just 40 remain. Is one of these designs New Zealand’s new flag? BY ALEX CROUCH New Zealand took a step closer to potentially changing their national flag yesterday (10th August) after the Flag Consideration Panel released its first shortlist of 40 designs from 10,292 submissions. In a press release the panel’s chair, […]

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Olympic Flag

BY ALEX CROUCH It’s just one year until the start of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, so, I decided we should take a look at the Olympic Flag, one of the most recognisable symbols in the world. The flag’s ring design was created by the founder of the modern Olympics […]

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