Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  12th March 2019
Flag Designer:  College of Arms
Adoption Route:  Regional Organisation
UK Design Code:  UNKG7463
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Red 485, Dark Red 484, Yellow 116, Gold 137, White, Grey 422, Green 356
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
The flag design is a modified form of the banner of arms granted to Hampshire County Council in 1992, comprising a bi-colour of yellow and red with a rose and crown. Both the colours and emblems have been associated with the county for centuries. In order to make clear the distinction between the civic banner and community flag, as well as avoiding royal and national symbols, the registered design replaces the Royal Crown and Tudor Rose as symbols of the council authority with variants
The Royal Crown thus becomes a Saxon Crown in reference to Hampshire’s early English history, with Winchester being the Capital of the Wessex kingdom from which England arose. This was originally suggested by Jason Saber. Many types of rose have been depicted to symbolise Hampshire over the centuries and here a rose of three tiers – red, white and red – is used to reflect this variety (such as red on the council banner of arms, white on Hampshire cricket) This was suggested by Philip Tibbetts based on a drawing by Brady Ells. As a unique rose in vexillology it cannot be mistaken for the other roses used in other county flags.
The flag was proposed by a number of local organisations, including Hampshire Hockey Association and the Lymington & District Historical Society. Whilst using traditional elements being primarily based on a 1992 design the flag is not considered traditional, but received support from the administrative and ceremonial leaders of the county to ensure registration.
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