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by Pierre Gay
At the Wallis and Futuna website I have found a picture of the King (Lavelua) of Wallis (Uvéa) being decorated by the Prefect of the Territory with the National Order of Merit. The image features a nicely visible Uvéa flag just behind the Lavelua. On the picture, the Tricolour in the canton is bordered white, slightly smaller, and doesn't touch the upper and left edges of the flag (like Alo and Sigave), i.e. it is not properly a canton. I guess this is a mark of subdivision in the Territory.
Pierre Gay, 12 May 1999
I was wondering if this is only an example of a hasty flag manufacturer? Certainly the flag has some weight regarding the official position it is placed, though it would not be the first case that those who one thinks should know their flag best do not.
Željko Heimer, 13 May 1999
My guess is that the flag in the picture is the right one. I build my deduction on the following:
Pierre Gay, 13 May 1999
According to Lucien Philippe 1999, the Royal standard of Uvea is identical to the 1886 flag, with the Tricolor in canton, as for the other Royal standards.
To make things more complicated, there is also an Ouvea island in New Caledonia T.O.M., attached to the Îles Loyauté province.
Ivan Sache, 29 June 1999
The flag of Uvéa was red with a white cross (similar to the cross of Malta, several shapes of it are known), basically the current unofficial flag of the territory. When the French protectorate was established, the tricolour was added to the canton.
Jaume Ollé, 22 March 1998
According to Znamierowski 1999:
Originally a red flag with a white cross pattée was used in the 19th century in Uvea. The cross was introduced by the first Marist Brothers, the French missionaries who established the missions. When, in 1886, the Queen of Wallis accepted the French Protectorate it was agreed to charge the canton with the French Tricolore.
Jarig Bakker, 4 July 2000