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West Flanders (Province, Belgium)

West-Vlaanderen, Flandre Occidentale

Last modified: 2003-03-21 by ivan sache
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[West Flanders]by Gerard van der Vaart

New flag and arms were approved on 27 May 1997 by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Family and Welfare. Ratio 2:3.
The above image is based on the official construction sheet.

Gerard van der Vaart, 24 August 2000

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Banner of arms (unofficial)

[West Flanders banner of arms]from the Shipmate site, with permission

Left side escutcheon gules, six rays of azure on or, right side lion rampant sable, tongued and nailed gules, on or.

Filip van Laenen

Provincial colours (unofficial)

The colours were taken from the arms. These colours were not fixed. Various sources give different designs, but two main sets can be compiled.

  • A chart called Vlaggen der Belgische Provincies - Drapeaux des Provinces Belges (Flags of the Belgian Provinces). This is not dated, but to judge from the font face used, it is from the 1920s or 1930s.

[West Flanders provincial colours #1]by Mark Sensen

  • Some Dutch atlases and books about the provinces show another set, published by Rudi Koot in Vexilla Nostra [vxn] #185 (1993) p. 32-33

[West Flanders provincial colours #2]by Mark Sensen

Provincial Governor's honorary flag

[Governor's honorary flag]by Mark Sensen

I have some xerox copies of sheets which seam to come from a book (bilingual Dutch and French) containing regulations (for the Navy maybe?). It contains a sheet with the honorary flags of the governors of the provinces, adopted by Order in Council of 28 October 1936.
It includes a construction sheet. The flags are 150x150 cm. Each stripe is 50 cm. The shields are 43.5 cm. wide and 50 cm. high excluding 3.75 cm for the point of the shield. The shields are in the center of the black stripe.

Mark Sensen, 27 January 2001