The National Welsh Flag, the Welsh Dragon or Y Ddraig Goch is recognisable by all Welshmen or women, worldwide. Many national flags are merely an arrangement of colours - the Welsh flag image is one of a confident, fiery Welsh dragon – Y Ddraig Goch or the Welsh dragon flag!
Wales wins the World Flag Tournament
The Welsh flag has consistently been judged as one of the most iconic and striking flags in the world. In 2021 in a worldwide poll, Y Ddraig Goch, or the Red Dragon flag, beat Scotland's white cross on blue background, by a margin of 1,401 votes. The two Celtic nations had fended off a 256 strong field, in the knock-out vote competition, to battle it out for the title.
What is "Welsh Dragon" in Welsh?
In Welsh, the dragon is translates as "Y Ddraig Goch". Literally this means "the red dragon" - this phrase is rarely used in English. It is either the Welsh Dragon or Y Ddraig Goch. After the Romans had withdrawn from Britain in AD388, the Welsh kings of Aberffraw, Anglesey adopted the dragon in the early fifth century in order to symbolise their power and authority. Later, around the seventh century, it became known as the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, king of Gwynedd.
Welsh Dragon - Heraldic Symbol of Wales
The Welsh Dragon is the heraldic symbol of Wales and without doubt it is Wales' most recognisable symbol. The image is most notably seen on the flag of Wales. The flag, a proud and ancient battle standard of the Welsh consists of a red dragon, passant (which in heraldry terms indicates that the animal has its right foot raised), on a green and white background. The Welsh dragon this symbol is also extensively used by various institutions in the country, both public and private. The Welsh Dragon traces its history as a national symbol all the way back to the 9th century. It is popularly believed that the symbol was already used by the ancient Celts before the invasion of Britain by the Saxons.
Appreciate a Dragon Day 16th January
We in Wales, don't need a special day to appreciate the Dragon - we do this every day!! However, back in 2004, a lady named Donita K. Paul established this special Day as to appreciate the dragons. She created such a Day to celebrate the release of her book, DragonSpell. The dragon is considered to be a powerful symbol in the mythology. They were believed to have fascinated groups for several centuries. Dragon is typically scaled or fire-spewing and highly intelligent. They also have wings, and a few others were poisonous.
National Welsh Flags
From 1959 to current
1807 to 1953
1953 to 1959
Flag of St David 1702 to 1807
St David with Welsh Dragon
Welsh Colony Patagonia
Welsh Flag of Patagonia
The Welsh colony in Patagonia, Argentina known as Y Wladfa began in 1865. It occurred mainly along the coast of the Chubut ProvinceinPatagonia. The Welsh-Argentine community is centred onGaiman,TrelewandTrevelin. The flag is the Argentinian flag with a Welsh dragon in the centre
Welsh Royal Standards
Llywelyn ab Gruffudd
Flags of Counties and Cities
Battle, Religious and Other Flags Flags
Battle Flag Cross of Neith
Battle Flag Golden Dragon
Religious Flag St David
Religious Flag Church in Wales
Nationalist Flag The White Eagle
National Flag The Black Dragon
Nationalist Flag Welsh Tricolour
Government Flag Ensign
Why is Welsh Flag not in the Union Jack?
The official answer is that it is! The Welsh flag colours nor the dragon appears on the Union Flag because when the first Union Flag was created in 1606, the Principality of Wales by that time was already united with England and was no longer a separate principality. However, in 1959 Queen Elizabeth announced that ‘only the Red Dragon on a green and white flag should be flown on government buildings in Wales’. Sounds a bit like 'gobbledygook' but let's remember, the Welsh flag has just been voted the best flag in the world...