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Belgium: Naval flags, 1936 (Part 3)

Last modified: 2005-07-23 by ivan sache
Keywords: maritime police | anchors: 2 (black) | swords: 2 (white) | sword (white) | minister | ambassador | envoy | governor | consul | lieutenant-general | general-major | crown (black) |
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Official prescription

A royal decree dated 28 October 1936, modified on 12 May 1938, approved the regulation Règlement relatif aux Pavillons, Honneurs et visites en usage dans la Marine Belge (Regulation prescribing Ensigns, Honours and Visits in use in the Belgian Navy).

The text prescribes ensigns, salutes and other courtesy items, including two new ensigns for State and private ships, whereas the merchant ensign is not changed. House flags have to be allowed. A yacht ensign was also adopted.


  • L. Nyssen Einige Flaggen der belgischen Marine von 1815 bis heute (Some flags of the Belgian Navy from 1815 until now). Flaggenkurier [dfk] (1995). Paper also available online.
  • M. Lupant Flags and Coats of Arms of the Kingdom of Belgium [lup98]

Ivan Sache & Jan Mertens, 12 May 2004

Maritime Police

[Maritime Police]by Zejlko Heimer

State Ministers and Ambassadors

[State Ministers]by Ole Andersen

Square, Belgian tricolor flag. Still in use.

Source: Flaggenbuch [neu92]


[Lieutenant-General]by Željko Heimer

Square Belgian tricolor with two swords crossed in saltire in the yellow stripe.

Source: Flaggenbuch [neu92]

Now used by Flag Officers.

Ivan Sache, 3 March 2001


[General-Major]by Željko Heimer

As above, but with only one vertical sword.

Source: Flaggenbuch [neu92]

Envoy and General-Consul

[Minister plenipotentiary]by Željko Heimer

Square Belgian tricolor with a black crown in yellow stripe. Still in use.

Province Governors

  • Brabant: Square Belgian tricolor flag with the shield of Brabant (black field, outlined in yellow and charged with a yellow Lion of Brabant) in the middle of the black stripe.
  • Antwerpen: As above but with the arms of the province of Antwerpen.
  • East Flanders: As above but with the arms of East Flanders (black lion on a yellow field)
  • West Flanders: As above but with the arms of West Flanders.

Source: Flaggenbuch [neu92]

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