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List of Welsh flags


List of Welsh flags

List of British flags
English flags
Northern Irish flags
Scottish flags
Welsh flags
Royal Standards

This is a list of flags used exclusively in Wales. For other flags used in Wales, and the rest of the United Kingdom, see List of British flags.


  • National flags 1
  • Royal standards 2
  • Religious 3
  • Historical 4
    • Welsh flags 4.1
    • Welsh royal standards 4.2
    • Battle flags 4.3
  • Regions, counties and cities 5
    • Traditional counties 5.1
    • Principal areas 5.2
  • Nationalist flags 6
  • References 7

National flags

Flag Date Use Description
Since 1959 (official)(variants first appeared c.1485) Flag of Wales, also known as Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon) Per fess Argent and Vert, a dragon passant Gules
Since 1921 Flag of Saint David Sable a cross Or
Alternative version of the Flag of Saint David. The Flag of St David with the Welsh Red Dragon Flag in the canton

Royal standards

Flag Date Use Description
Since 1837 The Royal Standard, used by Queen Elizabeth II in England, Wales and Northern Ireland A banner of the Queen's Arms, the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, blazoned Quarterly, I and IV Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or; II Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules; III Azure a harp Or stringed Argent
Since 1962 Standard of the Prince of Wales, used only in Wales A banner of the Coat of Arms of the Principality of Wales, with the Prince of Wales's crown in the centre, blazoned Quarterly Or and Gules four lions passant guardant counterchanged armed and langued Azure, over all an inescutcheon Vert charged with the coronet of the Heir Apparent


Flag Date Use Description
Since 1921 Flag of Saint David Sable a cross Or - used by the Welsh Christian Party
Flag of the Church in Wales Argent a cross Azure a celtic cross proper


Welsh flags

Flag Date Use Description
1953 – 1959 Used from 1953 until 1959, depicting the Royal Badge of Wales after its augmentation of honour. It was rejected by the people of Wales and the flag reverted.

Welsh royal standards

Flag Date Use Description
1401 – 1416 Banner adopted by Owain Glyndŵr and thought to be derived from the counter-charged arms of the princely Houses of Mathrafal and Dinefwr. It is currently in use by the National Eisteddfod for Wales, Cymdeithas yr Iaith and widely amongst pro-independence groups Quarterly Or and Gules, four Lions rampant counter-charged
c.1195 – 1378 Banner of the princely House of Aberffraw and the Kingdom of Gwynedd famously used by Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Lawgoch. The Prince of Wales uses a version of this flag today emblazoned with a Crown on a green shield Quarterly Or and Gules, four Lions passant guardant counter-charged langued and armed Azure
c.1100 – c.1400 Banner of the princely House of Mathrafal used during the early Middle Ages by the rulers of Powys, Powys Wenwynwyn and later by their heirs the de la Pole (Powysian) dynasty. Modern use is rare Or a Lion rampant Gules langued and armed Azure
c.1100 – c.1300 Banner of the princely House of Dinefwr and the Kingdom of Deheubarth, a realm which covered much of south Wales. The banner would have been used during the early Middle Ages and later by the Talbot dynasty who inherited the arms. Modern use is rare Gules a Lion rampant Or, a border engrailed of the last
c.1240 – 1282 Banner of the personal arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd Argent three Lions passant Gules
c.1160 – c.1350 Banner of Madog ap Gruffudd Maelor, and later the Banner of Powys Fadog Argent a Lion rampant Sable langued and armed Gules. Often referred to as the Black Lion of Powys.

Battle flags

Flag Date Use Description
c.1400 – c.1416 Banner known as Y Ddraig Aur or "The Golden Dragon" which has ancient origins. It was famously raised over Caernarvon during the Battle of Tuthill in 1401 by Owain Glyndŵr Argent a dragon rampant Or
13th century Banner known as Y Groes Nawdd or "The Cross of Neith" said to have been the battle flag of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (d. 1282) Purpure a celtic cross Or

Regions, counties and cities

Traditional counties

Flag Date Use Description
March 2014 Flag of Anglesey Gules a chevron Or between three lions rampant Or.
Since 2012 Flag of Caernarfonshire Vert, three eagles displayed in fess Or.
Not yet registered Flag of Cardiganshire Sable, a lion regardant Or.
Since 2013 Flag of Glamorgan Gules, three Chevronels Argent
Since 2015 Flag of Merionethshire Azure, three goats rampant Argent, armed and unguled Or; from the dexter base the sun in his splendour issuant Or.
Since 2011 Flag of Monmouthshire Per pale Azure and Sable three Fleurs-de-lis Or.
Not yet registered Flag of Montgomeryshire Sable three nags' heads erased Argent.
Since 2015 Flag of Flintshire Argent a Cross engrailed Sable between four Cornish Choughs proper
Since 1988 Flag of Pembrokeshire Azure a cross Or on an inescutcheon of five Vert a Tudor Rose quarterly counter-changed Argent and Gules.

Principal areas

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Cardiff A banner of the City's coat of arms. The shield of arms features a red dragon on a mount supporting the Glamorgan flag with a leek next to it.
Flag used by Monmouthshire Council A white banner charged with the coat of arms of Monmouthshire County Council.[1]

Nationalist flags

Flag Date Use Description
1960s Welsh Republican Tricolour A vertical tricolour of green, red and white with a black star representing those who have fallen for their country.
Since 1960s Yr Eryr Wen – the White Eagle, used by radical nationalists. The eagle or Eryr is thought to refer to Owain Gwynedd who used an eagle for his coat of arms, and also Snowdonia (called Eryri in Welsh). A stylised white eagle on a black background.
1970s Y Ddraig Ddu or "The Black Dragon" used by the "Cymru 1400" republican movement The Red Dragon of Wales on a black field
1960s Banner of the now defunct Meibion Glyndŵr militant pro-independence organisation Banner of Owain Glyndŵr indented with the border of an eldest son


  1. ^ "Flag lowered over Cwmbran's County Hall for final time | Tintern". 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
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