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Flag adopted: 6 October 1968
The flag was officially hoisted on 30 Oct 1967. It was based on the
flag, granted by King Sobhuza II to the Emasotsha Regiment in 1941. This
flag, amended slightly, was hoisted on 25 Apr 1967 when the British
Union flag was hauled down. The blood red color is the symbol of past struggles;
yellow points at prosperity by the richness in minerals; blue is the colour
Source: Pedersen, "Moussault's Lexicon van vlaggen en wapens", 1980 [ped80].
Hoisted for the first time on 25 Apr 1967 on the occasion of the pledge
of the oath by King Sobhuza II; after registration with the London Herald
on 30 Oct 1967 was adopted in a slightly different form. It is based on the flag
granted by the King to the Swazi Pioneer Corps of the Second World War in 1941.
The Swazi ox hide-shield belongs to the Emasotsha Regiment.
Source: Rabbow, "DTV-lexikon politischer Symbole", 1970 [rab70].
Jarig Bakker, 2 Mar 2001
National Flag. -SW/--- 2:3
The construction details for the stripes are given as 3+1+8+1+3. Colours are approximated to darker shades then we have on FOTW. Pantone approximations are given in Album as:
blue 293c - yellow 116c - red 201c.
Is there any prohibition/restriction of use of the civic flag by general population?
Željko Heimer, 1 Feb 2003
I only have a partial text of Act No. 36 of 1968 which established the
flag. It does confirm the stripes as 3 mid-blue, 1 yellow, 8 crimson,
1 yellow, 3 mid-blue. These were originally regulated according to
the now redundant British Admiralty System as: Black T11, White T819,
Crimson T816, Yellow T820 and Blue R813.
According to the official model I have on file, the Pantone colours given in the Album are too dark (and the ones illustrated by FOTW too light). I will forward my own suggestions tomorrow (after checking in daylight).
Civil use of the flag: The text I have makes no reference whatever to civil use of the flag (or otherwise).
Christopher Southworth, 1 Feb 2003
The National Arms
The two supporters are the symbols of power for the King (lion) and the Queen-mother (elephant). The shield is a typical Nguni shield used in the country. The weapons on the shield are typical local weapons. The colour of the shield is derived from the King's own regiment. Siyinqaba means: We are the fortress/"We are a tower of strength".
Ralf Hartemink, 14 Jan 2002