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List of Welsh flags

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of flags used exclusively in Wales.

National flags

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg
Since 1959 (official)(variants first appeared c.1485) Flag of Wales, also known as Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon) Per fess Argent and Vert, a dragon passant Gules
Flag of Saint David.svg
Since 1921 Flag of Saint David Sable a cross Or

Royal standards

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom.svg
Since 1837 The Royal Standard, used by Queen Elizabeth II in England, Wales and Northern Ireland A banner of the Queen's Arms, the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, blazoned Quarterly, I and IV Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or; II Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules; III Azure a harp Or stringed Argent
Personal Banner of the Prince of Wales.svg
Since 1962 Standard of the Prince of Wales, used only in Wales A banner based on the arms of the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn the Great, with the Prince of Wales's coronet in the centre, blazoned Quarterly Or and Gules four lions passant guardant counterchanged armed and langued Azure, over all an inescutcheon Vert charged with the coronet of the Heir Apparent

Government flags

Flag Date Use Description
Government Ensign of Wales.svg
Since 2017 The ensign used aboard ships of the Welsh Government, such as the patrol boats of the Marine and Fisheries Division. A British blue ensign defaced with a yellow dragon


Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Saint David.svg
Since 1921 Flag of Saint David Sable a cross Or - used by the Welsh Christian Party
Church in Wales flag.svg
Since 1954 Flag of the Church in Wales Argent a cross Azure a celtic cross proper


Welsh flags

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Wales (1807–1953).svg
1807 – 1953 Used from 1807 until 1953.
Flag of Wales (1953–1959).svg
1953 – 1959 Used from 1953 until 1959, depicting the Royal Badge of Wales after its augmentation of honour.

Welsh royal standards

Flag Date Use Description
Glyndwr's Banner.svg
1401 – 1416 Banner adopted by Owain Glyndŵr and thought to be derived from the counter-charged arms of the princely Houses of Mathrafal and Dinefwr. It is currently in use by the National Eisteddfod for Wales, Cymdeithas yr Iaith and widely amongst pro-independence groups Quarterly Or and Gules, four Lions rampant counter-charged
Flag of Gwynedd.svg
c.1195 – 1378 Banner of the princely House of Aberffraw and the Kingdom of Gwynedd famously used by Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Lawgoch. The Prince of Wales uses a version of this flag today emblazoned with a Crown on a green shield Quarterly Or and Gules, four Lions passant guardant counter-charged langued and armed Azure
Flag of Powys.svg
c.1100 – c.1400 Banner of the princely House of Mathrafal used during the early Middle Ages by the rulers of Powys, Powys Wenwynwyn and later by their heirs the de la Pole (Powysian) dynasty. Modern use is rare Or a Lion rampant Gules langued and armed Azure
Flag of Deheubarth.svg
c.1100 – c.1300 Banner of the princely House of Dinefwr and the Kingdom of Deheubarth, a realm which covered much of south Wales. The banner would have been used during the early Middle Ages and later by the Talbot dynasty who inherited the arms. Modern use is rare Gules a Lion rampant Or, a border engrailed of the last
Alternative Flag of Gwynedd.svg
c.1240 – 1282 Banner of the personal arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd Argent three Lions passant Gules
Flag of Powys Fadog.svg
c.1160 – c.1350 Banner of Madog ap Gruffudd Maelor, and later the Banner of Powys Fadog Argent a Lion rampant Sable langued and armed Gules. Often referred to as the Black Lion of Powys.

Battle flags

Flag Date Use Description
Y Draig Aur Owain Glyndŵr.jpg
c.1400 – c.1416 Banner known as Y Ddraig Aur or "The Golden Dragon" which has ancient origins. It was famously raised over Caernarfon during the Battle of Tuthill in 1401 by Owain Glyndŵr Argent a dragon rampant Or
Cross of Neith.svg
13th century Banner known as Y Groes Nawdd or "The Cross of Neith" said to have been the battle flag of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (d. 1282) Purpure a celtic cross Or

Regions, counties and cities

Traditional counties

Of the 13 historic counties, 7 have flags registered with the Flag Institute, with Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire (Ceredigion), Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire outstanding.

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Anglesey.svg
March 2014 Flag of Anglesey Gules a chevron Or between three lions rampant Or.
Flag of Caernarfonshire.png
Since 2012 Flag of Caernarfonshire Vert, three eagles displayed in fess Or.
Flag of Ceredigion.svg
Not yet registered Flag of Ceredigion Sable, a lion regardant Or.
Flag of Flintshire.svg
Since 2015 Flag of Flintshire Argent a Cross engrailed Sable between four Cornish Choughs proper
Glamorgan Flag.svg
Since 2013 Flag of Glamorgan Gules, three Chevronels Argent
Flag of Merionethshire.svg
Since 2015 Flag of Merionethshire Azure, three goats rampant Argent, armed and unguled Or; from the dexter base the sun in his splendour issuant Or.
Flag of Monmouthshire.svg
Since 2011 Flag of Monmouthshire Per pale Azure and Sable three Fleurs-de-lis Or.
Flag of Powys.svg
Not yet registered Flag of Montgomeryshire Or a Lion rampant Gules armed and langued Azure.
Flag of Pembrokeshire.svg
Since 1988 Flag of Pembrokeshire Azure a cross Or on an inescutcheon of five Vert a Tudor Rose quarterly counter-changed Argent and Gules.

Principal areas

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Cardiff.svg
1906 Flag of Cardiff Argent on a Mount Vert a Dragon rampant Gules supporting in front of a Leek issuing from the Mount a Flag Staff erect proper flying therefrom to the sinister a Banner of the third charged with three Chevronels of the first.
Monmouthshire Council flag.png
Flag of Monmouthshire (principal area)
1929 Flag of Newport Or, a chevron reversed Gules
1922 Flag of Swansea Per Fess wavy Azure and barry wavy of six Argent, of the first a double-towered Castle or, in Chief on an Inescutcheon of the third a Lion passant guardant Gules.

Nationalist flags

Flag Date Use Description
Welsh Tricolour (with star).svg
1960s Welsh Republican Tricolour A vertical tricolour of green, red and white with a black star representing those who have fallen for their country.
Flag of the Free Wales Army.svg
Since 1960s Yr Eryr Wen – the White Eagle, used by radical nationalists. The eagle or Eryr is thought to refer to Owain Gwynedd who used an eagle for his coat of arms, and also Snowdonia (called Eryri in Welsh). A stylised white eagle on a black background.
Black Dragon Flag.svg
1970s Y Ddraig Ddu or "The Black Dragon" used by the Cymru 1400 republican movement The Red Dragon of Wales on a black field
Sons of glyndwr.JPG
1960s Banner of the now defunct Meibion Glyndŵr militant pro-independence organisation Banner of Owain Glyndŵr indented with the border of an eldest son


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