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Historical flags of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Last modified: 2021-08-25 by rob raeside
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Flag of 1979 (independence)

1979-1985 flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
image by Željko Heimer, 26 Nov 1999

1979 27th October. St Vincent became an independent state within the Commonwealth and adopted a new flag; a vertical tricolour with additional stripes; Blue / narrow White / Yellow / narrow White / Green. The 1912 coat of arms was displayed on a green breadfruit leaf on the yellow band. This flag won a flag contest in 1967.
Željko Heimer, 29 Jan 1996, and David Prothero, 04 Aug 1999

The flag adopted on independence had the same colors arranged vertically with the coat of arms placed on a large breadfruit leaf. The flag was designed locally, but white fimbriations were added by the College of Arms. On 12 October a new design was introduced.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Nov 1999, quoting [cra90]

Iits blue, yellow and green stripes were derived from the common colours of the flags assigned to the Associated States by the College of Arms. The breadfruit recalled the British introduction of the breadfruit tree into the Caribbean from the South Seas.
Ivan Sache, 31 Jan 2000, quoting from [rya97]


Flag change in 1985

1979-1985 flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
image by Željko Heimer, 26 Nov 1999

After the opposition victory in the legislative election of 1985 the flag (associated with the last government) was a little changed (the white fimbriations were supressed).
Jaume Ollé, 08 Jan 1997


New flag change in october 1985

Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
image by Željko Heimer, 02 Jan 2003

On October 21st 1985 the old flag was rejected by the new government and new flag was hoisted. The same colors but without the white fimbriation. The yellow was more great that the blue and green. In the center three green diamonds. This is the current one.
Jaume Ollé, 10 May 1997


Reported erroneous readoption in 1995

The flag did not change since 1985. The illustration on the stamp was an error.
Dieter Linder, 22 May 1997



 
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