Dutch Flag

Dutch Flag

The Flag of Netherlands - Description of the Dutch Flag

As the above picture of the Dutch Flag indicates the overall background is Red, White and Blue

The description of the Dutch Flag is as follows:

three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Dutch flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The people of the Netherlands refer to themselves as Nederlanders, or Netherlanders, but are also known as the Dutch

The Netherlands is often called Holland which officially refers to the western part of the country

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Dutch flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )

The History of the Netherlands Flag

The first Dutch flag, the Cross of Burgundy, was used in the 15th century and united all of the Netherlands provinces under the banner of the Lord of Burgundy on joint expeditions. The flag consisted of a white background with an emblem consisting of two bundles of red laurel branches in the shape of an 'X' with flames from the intersection

The Prince's Flag, a tricolour of Orange, White and Blue - The Prince of Orange led a revolt against King Philip II of Spain and the Prince's Flag was used during the Dutch war of independence (the Eighty Years War)

A Royal Decree was issued on February 19 1937, by Queen Wilhelmina, and the Red, White and Blue colors of the Dutch National flag were adopted. An orange pennant, together with the national flag, is still flown as a sign of allegiance of the Dutch people to the House of Orange

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