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    Welsh Flag, Wales Flag and Welsh County Flags

    The 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 is one of a confident, fiery Welsh dragon – Y Ddraig Goch or the Welsh dragon flag!

    Welsh Flag, Wales Flag - the Red Dragon
    The Welsh Flag - Y Ddraig Goch - The Mighty Red Dragon - More "All about Wales" articles, click here...


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    Welsh Flag - Wales Flag, Official Welsh Flag

    The Welsh Flag, the Welsh Dragon or Y Ddraig Goch wasn’t officially recognised as the national flag of the country until 1959. In 1958 the Gorsedd of Bards (comprising poets, writers and artists who have made a distinguished contribution to the Welsh language), expressed the wish that the red dragon flag be recognised as the national flag of Wales. And so, from 1959 onwards, the Welsh flag is as we know it today.

    Welsh flag, Wales Flag 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. Wales also won the flag competition at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Welsh flag beat Brazil with 93.5% of the votes cast.

    What is "Welsh for Dragon"?

    In Welsh, the dragon 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.

    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 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 traces its history as a national symbol all the way back to the 9th century.

    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.

    National Welsh Flags

    From 1959 to current 1807 to 1953 1953 to 1959
    Welsh flag, Wales Flag - Current Welsh flag since 1959
    Welsh flag, Wales Flag - 1807 to 1953
    Welsh flag, Wales Flag - 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 flag. 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 - Wales Flag in Patagonia


    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...


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