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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
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
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