Flag of Guernsey

Flag of Guernsey
Country Guernsey
Population 63,950 (2022)
Area (Km²) 62
Сontinent Europe
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#FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
#E8112D 232, 17, 45
#F9DD16 249, 221, 22

The flag of Guernsey is a red St. George's Cross with a golden cross inside. This is a historical link to the time when Guernsey was part of the Duchy of Normandy, ruled by William the Conqueror. But it also reflects the island's current independence and its long constitutional relationship with the Crown of England.

Meaning of the flag of Guernsey

  • The red cross of St. George symbolizes the island's historical ties to England, as well as its continued status as a crown dependency;
  • The yellow cross symbolizes Guernsey's historical ties to the old Duchy of Normandy, which was eventually lost by Prince John to the King of France in 1204.

History of the Guernsey flag

Created in 1985, this flag is relatively new. Before that, the Guernsey flag consisted of a simple cross of St. George - red on a white background. But this led to some confusion, as the same flag was used by England. So, for example, at the Commonwealth Games, when the teams of England and Guernsey were competing, other competitors thought that England had two teams.

So Guernsey decided that a new flag was needed. A committee was formed, and after much thought and research, it proposed to continue using the St. George's Cross, adding to it the golden cross of William the Conqueror.

History of the Guernsey flag

Her Majesty the Queen described the flag as follows: a golden cross superimposed on a St. George cross (which is the image of the cross on the standard of William the Conqueror). The new flag was first raised on May 9, 1985, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the island's liberation from occupation during World War II. The red St. George's Cross is also found on the flags of Alderney and Sark, and is therefore a common theme in the flags used in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.