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Portugal Flag

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All of our printed Portugal flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. 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 Portugal Flag

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History of the Portugal Flag

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Trivia
The green in the flag is to represent the hope of the nation and the red to symbolise the blood of the people who defended it.
Technical Specifications
Adopted30th June 1911
Proportion2:3
DesignA green and red bicolour with the lesser coat of arms over the boundary.
ColoursPMS – Red: 485 CVC, Green: 349 CVC, Yellow: 803 CVC, Blue: 288 CVC, Black: Black 6 CVC
CMYK – Red: 100% Magenta, 100% Yellow, Green: 100% Cyan 35% Magenta 100% Yellow, 30% Black; Yellow: 100% Yellow, Blue: 100% Cyan, 100% Magenta, 25% Yellow, 10% Black; Black: 100% Black
Brief History

The first known national flag was in 1095 with the rule of Count Henry, which was a square white flag with dark blue cross. When Afonso I took over in 1143 the only change to the flag were five sets of eleven silver bezants on each arm to symbolise the fact Afonso I could now issue currency. King Sancho I had a cross-made of blue shields where the bezants are.

King Afonso III added a red boarder with 16 castles in 1248. King John I removed some castles from the border and added a green fleur de lyse cross. When his grandson, John II, took the thrown he removed fleur de lyse the cross and some castles.

King John II cousin took the thrown in 1495 and changed the flag from the square to a white flag with an ogival shaped shield at its centre, on top of the shield is royal crown. King Sebastian changed the crown and removed some of the castles and in 1640 King John IV changed the shape of the shield.

The crown was changed to a popular five-arched crown in 1667. King John V added a red beret under the crown and changed the shield to a “French type” shield. The final version of this flag was in 1816, when King John VI rounded the shield and added a blue filled yellow sphere, the arms of Brazil, underneath. The Queen Maria Flag lasted until the abolishment on the Monarchy in 1910. It was a King John V shield and crown over a blue and white bi-colour.

After the Monarchy was overthrown in 1910 a new flag was designed.

The Green was chosen for part of the flag as it had no connotations with the Monarchy and the red was to symbolise conquest and laughter.

Since the Freedom of Portugal from the Monarchy in 1910 there were various Governmental flags created. From 1911 the Flag of the President of the Republic has been a green field with the lesser Coat of Arms of Portugal in the centre. The ministers Flag is a white flag with green satire and the lesser Coat of Arms of Portugal in the middle.

From 1972 the Prime Minister Flag is the same as the Minsters Flag with the addition of gold laurel leaves inside a red boarder.

In 2006, the Flag of the Assembly of the Republic was designed and features a white flag with a green border. In its centre is the lesser Coat of Arms of Portugal.

The Coat of Arms of Portugal

The Coat of Arms of Portugal was adopted a year after the Monarchy was abolished in 1911.

It features the Coat of Arms has been used since the Middle ages with two gold branches connected with green and red ribbon.

There is a lesser coat of arms that does not have the branches.

Military Flags of Portugal

The Regimental Colours of the Portuguese Arms Force is a green and red bicolour with the Coat of Arms of the Army of Portugal in the centre. The Naval Jack of Portugal features a red flag with a green border with a lesser coat of arms inside.

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