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Drenthe Province (The Netherlands)
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by Mark Sensen, 4 May 1999
some explanation of the flag of the Dutch province Drenthe:
Since 19 February 1947 Drenthe has its own flag. The flag has the colors
white and red because these are the traditional Saxon colors. White and
red are also the colors of Utrecht. Drenthe used to be part of the 'Oversticht'
('Sticht' was the name of the domain of the Bishop of Utrecht; 'Oversticht'
was the part of the 'Sticht' on the other side of the river IJssel), and
thus part of the bishopric of Utrecht. The six stars symbolize the six
'dingspels': Zuidenveld, Oostermoer, Noordenveld, Rolder, Beiler en Dieverder
dingspil. The tower points at the castle of Coevorden, from where Drenthe
was ruled by 'drosten', who had their seat in Coevorden castle.
(Dingspel or dingspil: jurisdiction; 'drost': title of the representative
of the Bishop of Utrecht; after that the title of the lord of the land.)
Jarig Bakker, 9 March 2000
Drenthe Coat of Arms
International Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/
"Or, seated on a throne of the same , the Virgin Mary in a mantle azure
over a robe gules, wearing a crown composed of three fleur-de-lys or; in
the right hand a scepter or with a fleur-de-lys finial, on the left knee
the Christ-child in a robe argent. The shield crested by a coronet of four
pearls between five leaves and three diadems or, lined gules. Supporters:
two lions rampant or, armed and langued gules."
Drenthe is a province in the north of the Netherlands. It used to be
part of the bishopric of Utrecht, but became more and more independent.
It has not been a separate county or duchy as most of the other Dutch provinces,
but it retained the status of "landschap" (a kind of self-governing area).
Drenthe joined the Utrecht Union (see Utrecht), but as a landschap did
not have voting rights in the republican parliament (Staten-Generaal).
It became a province in 1805. The arms of the province of Drenthe are derived
from the seal of the Landschap Drenthe, which depicted the same composition
Ralf Hartemink, 3 Sep 1997
1938 Parade flag
by Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001
In 1938 Queen Wilhelmina had reigned the Netherlands for 40 years. On
that occasion a lot of municipalities paraded in front of HM with their
flags, which consisted of the provincial flag with the municipal coat of arms in
the canton (or something...). Those municipal flags can only be considered
as 'curiosities', while the status of the provincial flags is not quite
Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001
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