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Welsh Tricolour

[Welsh Tricolour]     [Welsh Tricolour] located by Dafydd Young

The Welsh Tricolour ("Cymru Rhydd Diolch yn Fawr") is attributed to Rhys Gethin II. The Black Star represents unity and remembrance for all who have died fighting for Cymru (Wales). I have often seen the tricolour, but never as an actual flying flag, only as pictures.
Dafydd Young
, 29 July 2002

Variant tricolour flag

[Welsh Tricolour] Leighton Smart

A horizontal tricolour has apparently been used by various groups over the years as a Welsh republican tricolour.
Leighton Smart
, 11 February 2003

I believe that the flag always bears a black star in the white stripe and I only know of the vertical version. The horizontal version could be confused with the Bulgarian flag (only changing the order of red and green) and I assume it is less used, at least without a star.
Jaume Ollé, 17 February 2003

I have never seen the 'Welsh tricolour' flag used on your website. The original Welsh tricolour which is occasionally used consists of a blue top, a white middle and a green bottom with the word Cyfiawnder (justice) on the white.
Muiris Mag Ualghairg, 18 April 2003

I have never seen these red, green, white flags with or without a black star - perhaps they are common in the north?
David Barry Lawrence,7 March 2004

The Welsh republican flag originated with the first Welsh Republican Movement (1950's) this flag is the usual Republican Tricolour. Welsh Republican Flag Colours are left to right Green, Red and White, It does not have a black star on it this is a 2002 innovation by Cymru 1400 USA. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons historically Welsh Republicanism was an extremely late development only originating in the 1950's. On 22 February 1797 a French expeditionary force landed at Garreg Gwasted near Fishguard sadly they were greeted by an hostile 'Crown & Country Brit Mob' and not a 'United Welshman Movement'. Wales then was not as Ireland seething with nationalist resentment to English colonial rule to compensate for this in present times some Welsh patriots of a "Republican persuasion" regard 22 February as a might have been "Welsh Republic Day".
G. Gruffydd, 2 March 2005

The Welsh Tricolour, long associated with nationalism and republicanism, was seen proudly and defiantly flying during the royal opening of the new home for the National Assembly for Wales 'The Senedd' yesterday (1 March 2006 St Davids Day). The flag was the more traditional vertical striped green, red and white (without the black star).
Meic Crahart, 2 March 2006

Other separatist flags

[Welsh Separatist flag] image by Chris Fear, 1 July 2005

The black flag with the red dragon is the banner of Cymru 1400 (The Welsh Republican Movement).
"Moz", 17 November 2003

During the 1960's there was an attempt to have Plaid Cymru adopt a 'Nationalist Flag'. It was not officially accepted and never made much headway. I have seen, many years ago, a design for a "Welsh Separatist Flag" based on the American confederate flag but with a green background, white St Andrews Cross (as confederate flag) and 13 red stars (representing the 13 old Welsh counties). I have not however, seen this in use other than one person's personal home flag.
G. Gruffydd
, 2 March 2005