Rutland

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  1st May 1950
Flag Designer:  College of Arms
Adoption Route:  Local Council
UK Design Code:  UNKG7451
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Green 355, Yellow 116
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
Notes: 

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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