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Encyclopedia > Flag of Wales
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The Welsh Dragon on the tailfin of an Air Wales ATR 42 aircraft.
The Welsh Dragon on the tailfin of an Air Wales ATR 42 aircraft.

The national flag of Wales is The Red Dragon (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch). It consists of a red dragon, passant, on a green and white field. As with any heraldic charge, the exact representation of the dragon is not standardised and many different interpretations exist. Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... FIAV usage code 48 See Vexillological symbols for its meaning File links The following pages link to this file: Flag of Aruba Flag of the Netherlands Antilles Flag of Guernsey Flag of England Flag of Scotland Flag of Kyrgyzstan Flag of Singapore Flag of Gibraltar Flag of Andorra Flag of... Air Wales ATR 42 at Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport, Cardiff, Wales. ... Air Wales ATR 42 at Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport, Cardiff, Wales. ... Air Wales (Welsh: Awyr Cymru) is an airline based in Cardiff, Wales. ... Categories: Stub | International airliners 1980-1989 ... A national flag is a flag that symbolises a country and that can usually be flown by citizens of that country. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Y Ddraig Goch on the Flag of Wales Y Ddraig Goch (Welsh for the red dragon) appears on the national Flag of Wales, and is the most famous dragon in Britain. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Saint George versus the dragon, Gustave Moreau, c. ... Heraldry is the science and art of describing of coats-of-arms, also referred to as achievements or armorial bearings. ... Green is any of a number of similar colors. ... White is a color, (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... In heraldry the background of the shield is called the field . ...


The flag was granted official status in 1959, but the red dragon itself has been associated with Wales for centuries; indeed, the flag is sometimes claimed to be the oldest national flag still in use. The origin of the adoption of the dragon symbol is now lost in history and myth. A plausible theory is that the Romans brought the emblem to what is now Wales during their occupation of Britain, but it could be even older. The green and white stripes of the flag were additions by the House of Tudor, the Welsh dynasty that held the English throne from 1485 to 1603. Green and white are also the colours of the leek, another national emblem of Wales. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A national flag is a flag that symbolises a country and that can usually be flown by citizens of that country. ... The area now known as Wales has been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years, though continuous human habitation dates from the period after the last Ice age. ... Welsh mythology, the remnants of the mythology of the pre-Christian Britons, has come down to us in much altered form in medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the White Book of Rhydderch, the Book of Aneirin and the Book of Taliesin. ... The Roman Forum was the central area around which ancient Rome developed. ... Roman invasion of Britain: Britain was the target of invasion by forces of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire several times during its history. ... The Tudor dynasty or House of Tudor (Welsh Twdwr) is a series of five monarchs of Welsh origin who ruled England from 1485 until 1603. ... The Flag of England The Kingdom of England was a kingdom located in Western Europe, in the southern part of the island of Great Britain. ... // Events August 5-7 - First outbreak of sweating sickness in England begins August 22 - Battle of Bosworth Field is fought between the armies of King Richard III of England and rival claimant to the throne of England Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. ... King James I of England/VII of Scotland, the first monarch to rule the Kingdoms of England and Scotland at the same time Events March - Samuel de Champlain, French explorer, sails to Canada March 24 - Elizabeth I of England dies and is succeeded by her cousin King James I of... Binomial name Allium ampeloprasum (Linnaeus) J. Gay The Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. ... A national emblem symbolically represents a nation. ...


The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 830, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. It is particularly associated in Welsh poetry with Cadwaladr king of Gwynedd from c.655 to 682. The Historia Britonum, or The History of the Britons, is a historical work that was first written sometime shortly after AD 820, and exists in several recensions of varying difference. ... Events Christian missionary Ansgar visits Birka, trade city of the Swedes. ... King Arthur is an important figure in the mythology of Great Britain, where he appears as the ideal of kingship in both war and peace. ... This article is about the European people. ... Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon ( 633–682, reigned from 655) (Latin: Catuvelladurus; English: Cadwallader), also known as Cadwaladr Fendigaid (the Blessed) was a king of Gwynedd. ... Gwynedd was one of the kingdoms or principalities of medieval Wales. ... Events November 15 - Northumbrian king Oswiu defeats the pagan Mercian king Penda in the Battle of Winwaed Empress Saimei ascends to the throne of Japan. ... // Events Leo II elected pope. ...


Many legends are associated with the Welsh dragon. The most famous is the prophecy of Myrddin (or Merlin) of a long fight between a red dragon and a white dragon. According to the prophecy, the white dragon would at first dominate but eventually the red dragon would win, this eventual victory and recapturing of Lloegr would be, according to Welsh legend, brought about by Y Mab Darogan. This is believed to represent the conflict in the 5th and 6th centuries between the British Celts (who later became the Welsh) and the invading Saxons. Prophecy, in a broad sense, is the prediction of future events. ... Merlin Ambrosius (Welsh: Myrddin Emrys; also known as Myrddin Wyllt (Merlin the Wild), Merlin Caledonensis (Scottish Merlin), Merlinus, and Merlyn) is the personage best known as the mighty wizard featured in Arthurian legends, starting with Geoffrey of Monmouths Historia Regum Britanniae. ... Logres (also spelt Logris or Loegria) is another name for England in Arthurian legend. ... A Celtic cross. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... The Saxons or Saxon people are part of the German people with its main areas of settlements in the German Federal States of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and the Free State of Saxony. ...


The Welsh Flag is the only flag of the constituent countries of the UK not to be used in the Union Jack. Wales had no explicit recognition in the flag because Wales had been annexed by Edward I of England in 1282, and since the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 was considered to be a part of the Kingdom of England. There have since been proposals to include the Dragon or the flag of Saint David (itself a cross) on the Union Jack but these have never caught on. The British Isles A Venn diagram clarifying the terminology. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The Union Flag or Union Jack is the flag most commonly associated with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and was also used throughout the former British Empire. ... The Flag of St David The Flag of St David is normally a gold cross on a black field, although it appears in many forms including a black cross on a gold field, or with an engrailed cross. ...


Wales and Bhutan are presently the only countries to have a dragon on their flag, though the Chinese flag also featured a dragon during the Qing Dynasty. The Flag of the Peoples Republic of China The Flag of the Peoples Republic of China (), the Five-Starred Red Flag (五星红旗 in pinyin: wǔ xīng hóng qí), was designed by Zeng Liansong (曾联松 zēng lián sòng), an economist by trade and a talented artist who took residence... The Qing Dynasty (Manchu: daicing gurun; Chinese: 清朝; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: ching chao), sometimes known as the Manchu Dynasty, was a dynasty founded by the Manchu clan Aisin Gioro, in what is today northeast China, expanded into China proper and the surrounding territories of Inner Asia, establishing the...


See also

This is a list of flags used by and in the United Kingdom and related territories. ... This is a list of flags used exclusively in Wales. ...

External links

  • HiJack, an article addressing the question of why Wales has no explicit symbolic representation on the Union Flag.
  • Wales at Flags of the World
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Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3801 words)
Wales is located in the south-west of Great Britain and is bordered by the English counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, St George's Channel to the southwest, and the Irish Sea to the west and north.
Wales was legally annexed by the Laws in Wales Act 1535, in the reign of Henry VIII of England.
The population of Wales in the 2001 census was 2,903,085.
Flag of Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (498 words)
The green and white stripes of the flag were additions by the House of Tudor, the Welsh dynasty that held the English throne from 1485 to 1603.
Wales had no explicit recognition in the flag because Wales had been annexed by Edward I of England in 1282, and since the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 was considered to be a part of the Kingdom of England.
Wales and Bhutan are presently the only countries to have a dragon on their flag, though the Chinese flag also featured a dragon during the Qing Dynasty.
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