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Malta Flag


Flag of Malta
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Malta]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Scheme white,red
Color and Design

A vertical bicolor of white and red with the representation of the George Cross edged in red on the upper hoist-side corner of the white band.

Meaning & SymbolismThe red color is thought to symbolise sacrifices made by the Maltese people for defending their faith, while the white tone stands for peace, love, light and optimism, and the George Cross represents bravery. The Cross was awarded to the Maltese people in 1942 by Britain’s King George VI in recognition of their exceptional bravery during the ongoing war.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Malta is a bicolour, with white in the hoist and red in the fly. A representation of the George Cross, awarded to Malta by George VI in 1942, is carried, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe.

The red hue in the Maltese flag is officially documented as Pantone 186 C, RGB (207,20,43), Hex #CF142B or Spot Colour - 50% rubine red • 50% warm red.

Tradition states that the colours of the flag were given to Malta by Roger I of Sicily in 1090. Roger's fleet landed in Malta on the completion of the Norman conquest of Sicily. It is said that local Christians offered to fight by Roger's side against the Arab defenders. In order to recognise the locals fighting on his side from the defenders, Roger reportedly tore off part of his chequered red-and-white flag. This story has, however, been debunked as a 19th-century myth, possibly even earlier due to the Mdina, Malta's old capital, associating its colours with Roger's in the late Middle Ages.

The flag of the Knights of Malta, a white cross on a red field, was a more likely source of the Maltese colours, inspiring the red and white shield used during the British colonial period.

The George Cross originally appeared on the flag placed on a blue canton. The flag was changed on 21 September 1964 with Malta's independence when the blue canton was replaced by a red fimbriation, the intention being that the Cross appear less prominent.

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