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Greece National Flag

Greece National Flag

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Our Greece flags are made in the traditional 2:1 ratio used for National flags in the UK so this flag will match others of the same size if you are flying several flags together. We use a MOD grade Knitted Polyester which has been tested for its durability and suitability for production of flags.

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History of the Greece National Flag

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History of the Greece National Flag

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Trivia
The nine blue and white stripes are said to represent freedom or the nine goddesses of art and civilization.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 22nd Decmber 1978
Proportion 2:3
Design Four blue and four white horizontal stripes with a white cross on a blue square in he left had corner.
Colours PMS – Blue: 286 C
CMYK – Blue: 100% Cyan, 60% Magenta, 0% Yellow, 5% Black
Brief History

The first modern style Greek flag was an unofficial flag during the Greek War of Independence between 1770 and 1822. This is when Greece was attempting to overthrow the Ottoman Empire to create an Independent state.

The Greek revolutionaries adopted a new design during the Greek National Assembly in 1822. Once the ottoman empire was overthrown a dark blue flag with white cross was used up until 1978, when the naval ensign that had been used since 1822 was chosen to be the new sole national flag.

Presidential Standard

The Presidential Standard of Greece is used on all the president’s vehicles, buildings and Hellenic Navy’s ships mainmasts.

It features a version of the Coat of Arms of Greece. A silver cross on a blue shield on a blue flag surrounded by two gold laurel branches.

Coat of Arms of Greece

The Coat of Arms of Greece was first introduced in 1975 after the monarchy was abolished.

It is a monochrome blue design that features a cross on a shield surrounded by two laurel branches.

The artist Kostas Grammatopoulos designed it.

Historical Coats of Arms

Greece has had various Dynasties up until the monarchy was abolished 1973. The historical coat of arms reflected the more traditional royal symbols.

The first Coat of Arms was created for King Otto and featured two crowned rampant lions surrounded by a crown. The lions were replaced with men with clubs during King George II’s rule.

Created in 1863 was a simplified version of the royal coat of arms that included the white cross that we still see used today.

During the Second Hellenic Republic between 1925 and 1935 a simple blue shield with white cross was used and after the restoration of the monarchy the more ornate Coat of Arms was reinstated.

Military Flags of Greece

The Greek Military use a different flag for their Navy Jack, Air force and regimental war flag. Since 1822 the Jack of the Hellenic Navy has remained the same square field with white cross. The warship pennant is a blue elongated isosceles triangle with small white cross.

The Army war flag is lighter blue field with white cross with an image of Saint George; the Air force has a similar war flag with the image of Archangel Michael.

When the Prime Minister or Minister of National Defence is aboard a Hellenic Navy Vessel they have their own Rank Flag.

Historical Royal Standards of Greece

Prior to the Monarchy being abolished there was a Royal Standard for both the King and the Crown Prince of Greece. The first was created in 1863 and featured a Nordic cross and the Coat of Arms of the House of Glücksburg. During this time there was also the standard of King George I of Greece, featuring the Royal Coat of Arms of Greece. This was replaced with the Coat of arms of King Constantine I in 1913. In 1935 a flag with the Royal Family Arms and four crowns in each corner featured up until 1974.

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