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Monaco Flag

Flag of Monaco
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Monaco]
Aspect Ratio(4:5)
Color Scheme red,white
Color and Design

A horizontal bicolour of red and white.

Meaning & SymbolismThe colors red and white are derived from those of the House of Grimaldi, which has held many noble titles over the centuries of its existence and currently reigns over the Principality of Monaco. As is often the case, the colors that represent the ruling family also serve as symbols of the nation itself. These colors are claimed to represent positive human values, as red is believed to represent the flesh of the human body, while white represents purity in spiritual life. Older flags of Monaco often featured the nation's coat of arms, which was likewise derived from that of the House of Grimaldi.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Monaco is the national flag of the Principality of Monaco. It has two equal horizontal bands, of red on the top and white on the bottom, both of which have been the heraldic colours of the House of Grimaldi since at least 1339. The present bicolour design was adopted on 4 April 1881, under Charles III.

Monaco's original flag, which was similar to its current princely flag but bore an older version of its coat of arms, was in use from the principality's early days (except during its annexation to France from 1793 to 1814) until the present, simpler design was adopted in 1881.

Another design, the banner of the state arms (lozenges in the Grimaldi family colours, in heraldic terms "lozengy argent and gules"), was used at various times, particularly in the 17th century, as an unofficial flag and still appears in some royal photographs. However, it has no designated use and does not represent any Monegasque official in particular.

The flag of Monaco is graphically identical to the flag of Indonesia, with differences in their dimension ratios (Monaco's at 4:5 and Indonesia's at 2:3), and the shade of red is darker for the flag of Monaco. The flag of Poland is also similar to that of Monaco, but with the colours reversed, white on top and red on the bottom.


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