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Flag of Wales: A blood-red dragon on a field of green

BY ALEX CROUCH Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon) has officially been the flag of Wales since 1959, though the principality being represented by a dragon dates back to 830. The Red Dragon itself can be dated back to the Roman occupation of Britain or Arthurian Legend. Merlin prophesied of a battle between a red […]

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Flag of Latvia: From the blood of heroes

BY ALEX CROUCH It was 25 years ago this Friday (27th February) that Latvia re-adopted their current flag, the same one they’d used from the day the country declared its independence from Russia: 18th November 1918. But the story behind Latvia’s flag dates back over 700 years. Legend has it the leader of a Latvian […]

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Flag of the Week – The Gambia

By ALEX CROUCH The Gambia’s flag celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday (18th February). That date also marks the golden anniversary of Gambian independence from the United Kingdom. Just as the River Gambia flows all the way through the middle of the African nation, the blue of their flag also runs all the way through […]

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Flag of the Week – Canada

BY ALEX CROUCH Canada’s iconic Maple Leaf flag celebrates its golden jubilee this coming Sunday. It was officially unveiled on 15th February 1965 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, having been proclaimed as the new flag of Canada by the Queen just over two weeks before. It was the brainchild of George Stanley, a Dean of […]

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Flag of the Week – Chile

BY ALEX CROUCH The flag of Chile is approaching its bicentenary, having been adopted on 18th October 1817 – roughly five months before independence from Spain was declared. Only the flags of Denmark (1370), the Netherlands (1572), U.K. (1606) and U.S.A. (1777) are older by adoption date. Chile’s flag, known as La Estrella Solitaria (The […]

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Flag of the Week – Australia

BY ALEX CROUCH Australia’s national flag was adopted on 3rd September 1901. Edward VII officially recognised it 17 months later. It was designed by Ivor Evans (a 14-year-old schoolboy from Melbourne), Leslie John Hawkins (a teenage optician’s apprentice from Sydney), Egbert John Nuttall (an architect from Melbourne), Annie Dorrington (an artist from Perth) and William […]

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Flag of the Week – USA (51-stars)

BY ALEX CROUCH The flag of the U.S.A. is perhaps the most recognisable in the world, and depending on your perspective it symbolises the land of the free and the home of the brave, or, is the face of everything that’s wrong with the world or just your country. So when angry business owners in […]

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