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Maldives: From protectorate to independence (1949-1968)

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National flag until 1968by Calvin Paige Herring

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Upon the independence of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1949, the Maldives were a separate administrative entity. A Republic was established from 1953 until 1954. At that time, the Maldives had a reorganization of their flag structure. Primarily, the crescent was turned to face the fly and the Service flag became the national flag. In 1954, the Sultan was reinstated and there were no changes to Maldivian flags. These flags continued to be used through independence in 1965.
Three years after independence, the Sultanate was removed and a republic was instated again. The current national and presidential flags were introduced officially on 26 July 1968.

Sources: Crampton [cra90].

Calvin Paige Herring, 7 June 1998

Sultan's flag

Sultan's flag until 1968by Calvin Paige Herring