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Democratic Republic of the Congo Flag

Democratic Republic of the Congo Flag

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All of our printed Democratic Republic of the Congo flags are made by a process called Dye Sublimation. This process impregnates the fibres of the fabric, the result is a flag that has very accurate colour, and importantly the design appears clearly on both sides of the flag. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Flag

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Trivia
The modern day flag is similar to the one used between 1960 and 1963.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 20th February 2006
Proportion 3:4
Design A blue field with diagonal yellow bordered red stripe and a yellow star in the top left hand corner.
Colours
PMS Blue: Processed Blue Red: 032 Yellow: 109
Brief History

In 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium chose first official flag of the Congo Free State. The flag with blue field and large gold five-pointed star.  When the country became Belgian Congo in 1908 the flag remained the same.

When Independence was granted from Belgium in 1960 six five-pointed yellow stars were added to the left hand side of the flag to symbolise the six provinces of the country.

In 1960 both South Kasai and Katanga were declared unrecognised, unilaterally declared secessionist states.  In South Kasai the flag was changed to a red-white bicolour split with a diagonal green stripe and 3 red in the white corner, this flag lasted for only a year.

The flag of the State of Katanga was a red-green horizontal bicolour with a large yellow V in the centre. In till 1963 Katanga became part of the Republic of the Congo again and the flag reverted back to the flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 1963 the flag was changed to feature a large star in the top left hand corner and a diagonal yellow-bordered red stripe added to symbolise the people’s blood and prosperity. The red stripe was made thicker in 1966.

President Mobutu changed the name of the country to Zaire in 1971 and a completely different flag was adopted. It was a light green field with yellow circle in the centre with a hand holding a flaming torch. This flag lasted until Mobutu was overthrown in the first Congo war.

When the country became the Democratic Republic of Congo again in 1997, a version of the 1960 flag with a lighter blue field was chosen.

In 2003 the flags field colour was changed to a light blue and then in 2006 the flag was changed to resemble the flag that was used between 1966 and 1971 with a lighter blue field.

The Flag of the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Flag of the President of the democratic Republic of Congo is similar to the national flag that was adopted in 2006.

The difference being the addition of words ‘LE PRESIDENT’ in the lower portion.

The Coat of Arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was adopted in 2006 and features a leopard head with a spear on the right and elephant tusk on the left. Below is the national motto ‘JUSTICE, PEACE, WORK.’

The Presidential Seal of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Presidential Seal of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is similar to the Coat of arms and features a leopard head with a spear on the right and elephant tusk on the left.

Below is the national motto ‘JUSTICE, PEACE, WORK.’ Above the Coat of arms is ‘LE PRESIDENT.’

The Historical Coat of Arms of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Here are some examples of the historical coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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