Welsh Flag - Red Dragon - Flag of Wales

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Welsh Flag, Wales' Flag the Red Dragon
The Welsh Flag - Y Ddraig Goch - The Mighty Red Dragon


  1. Wales National Flag
  2. Wales wins the World Flag Tournament
  3. What is "Welsh Dragon" in Welsh?
  4. Welsh Dragon - Heraldic Symbol of Wales
  5. Appreciate a Dragon Day 16th January
  6. National Welsh Flags, Royal Standards and County/City Flags
  7. Why is Welsh flag not in the Union Jack?
  8. About FelinFach Natural Textiles
  9. Other FelinFach Pages

 Wales National Flag

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 After the Romans had withdrawn from Britain in AD388, the Welsh kings of Aberffraw, Anglesey adopted the dragon in the early fifth century in order to symbolise their power and authority.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
Welsh flags - Current Welsh flag since 1959
Welsh flag - 1807 to 1953
Flag of Wales 1953 - 1959
Flag of St David 1702 to 1807 St David with Welsh Dragon Welsh Colony Patagonia
Welsh flags - Flag of St David
Welsh flag - Flag of St David with a Welsh Dragon
Welsh Colony in Patagonia Flag


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 Province in Patagonia. The Welsh-Argentine community is centred on Gaiman, Trelew and Trevelin. The flag is the Argentinian flag with a Welsh dragon in the centre

Welsh Flag of Patagonia, the Welsh Colony in Argentina


Welsh Royal Standards

Owain Glyndwr Aberffraw Dinefwr
Owain Glyndwr Royal Standard House of Aberffraw House of DInefwr
Llywelyn ab Gruffudd Mathrafal Powys Fadog
House of Llywelyn ab Gruffudd House of Mathrafal House of Powys Fadog


Flags of Counties and Cities

Anglesey Caernarfonshire Cardiganshire
Anglesey County Flag Caernarfonshire County Flag Cardiganshire County Flag
Flintshire Glamorganshire Meirionydd
Flintshire County Flag Glamorganshire County Flag Meirionydd County Flag
Monmouthshire Pembrokeshire Cardiff City
Monmouthshire Flag Pembrokeshire Flag Cardiff City Flag


 Battle, Religious and Other Flags Flags

Battle Flag
Cross of Neith
Battle Flag
Golden Dragon
Religious Flag
St David
Cross of Neith - Y Groes Nawdd Golden Dragon St David's Flag
Religious Flag
Church in Wales
Nationalist Flag
The White Eagle
National Flag
The Black Dragon
Church in Wales The White Eagle The Black Dragon
Nationalist Flag
Government Flag
Welsh Tricolour Senedd Cymru 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...


About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers  Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products, all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh. 

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Last update 9th April 2022