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Regimental Colour of Regiment 'Sicilia' 1728 (Spain)

Royal Ordinance on Flags of 1728

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image by Sergio Camero

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This is the sencilla flag (Regimental Colour) belonging to a Battalion of the Regiment Sicilia the Brave (1728). This regiment was founded during the reign of Charles I (German Emperor Charles V) in 1534, with the name of Gran Tercio Viejo de Sicilia. In 1728 the flags were modified by the Royal Ordinance of 1728, which establishes that each battalion shall have three flags:

  • the coronela flag (King's Colour) shall be white with the escutcheon of the royal arms;
  • the other two shall be white flags with the Burgundy Cross [and on its ends the arms of the kingdom or province which gives name to the unit].
This flag would have measured 2.3 m × 2.3 m. Source: Luis Esquiroz Medina, ¿Banderines o Guiones?. [This image is only a reconstruction and Luis Sorando of the Spanish Army Museum points out it does not really exist.]

Sergio Camero, 18 Oct 2001

Editor's note: the arms of Sicily can be seen in the chief sinister (i.e. top right) quarter of the royal banner.