|Flag Type:||County Flag|
|Flag Date:||1st May 1950|
|Flag Designer:||College of Arms|
|Adoption Route:||Local Council|
|UK Design Code:||UNKG7451|
|Pantone® Colours:||Green 355, Yellow 116|
|Certification:||Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram|
The Rutland Flag is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of this historic English county.
The Rutland Flag is a banner of the arms of Rutland County Council, granted in 1950.
On 9 November 2015 the council agreed to waive their rights to this design and thereby make it freely available for public use.
The flag displays a golden horseshoe on green – the traditional emblem of Rutland since at least 1784.
The horseshoe symbolises a local tradition. On a first visit to Rutland, any peer of the realm must donate a ceremonial horseshoe to Oakham Castle. Although the origins of the custom are uncertain, the castle’s Great Hall now displays a unique collection of over 230 horseshoes. The oldest surviver is a gift of Edward IV in 1470.
The semy of golden acorns that surrounds the emblem evokes Rutland’s status as England’s smallest county.
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