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Princely and government flags of Liechtenstein

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Current princely flag

Current princely flag
image by António Martins, 04 Dec 2001
(adapted from www.ngw.nl/int/oveur/images/liechten.jpg)

According to the law of 30 June 1982, published in Landesgesetzblatt (State Journal of Laws) on 18 September 1982, the prince’s standard is now horizontally divided blue-red with the greater State arms in the middle and a yellow border whose width is 1/9th of the hoist width. The proportions are the same as for the other Liechtenstein flags (3:5).
Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001, translating and adapting Roger Baert in [bat00]

If the height of the flag is 1, the width of the yellow border is 1/9th of the height of the flag, if the top and the bottom of the coat of arms touch or nearly touch the yellow border, then: the height of the coat of arms is equal to ca 1−1/91/9=7/9ths of the height of the flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 14 Oct 1999

This flag is wrongly reported as the national flag of the Principality of Liechtenstein in a supplement to the National Geographic Atlas of the World, fifth edition, 1983.
Phillip Nelson, 20 Aug 1998, and Rickey Owens-Smith, 19 Aug 1998


Princely flag as of 1957

Princely flag as of 1957
image by António Martins, 22 Nov 2001

Later, the “royal standard” was a 2:3 flag, horizontally divided yellow-red. It was officially prescribed by the 1957 law. The former “royal standard” is now used by the other members of the princely House.
Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001, translating and adapting Roger Baert in [bat00]

This flag is shown in Grossen Flaggenbuch (1939-1942) [neu39], Smith (1975) [smi75b], and Album des Pavillons (corr. #30, 1998) [pay98] as the Prince Standard.
Ivan Sache, 22 Dec 1998

Neubecker’s Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu92] shows this as the Princely House Flag, yellow over red bicolour, 3:5 in ratio.
Željko Heimer, 07 Dec 2002


Princely flag ca. 1897

In 1897, the standard of the Prince of Liechtenstein was seen during his inspection of warships of the Austro-Hungarian Navy. It was a square flag made of three equal horizontal yellow-red-yellow stripes. The princely shield topped with the crown was placed in the middle of the flag. The flag had a border made of red and blue triangles.
Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001, translating and adapting Roger Baert in [bat00]

Strangely enough, it being a central European and German-speaking principality, in Siebmacher 1878 [g2h78] there are no flags for Liechtenstein at all. Ströhl’s Deutsche Wappenrolle 1897 [stl97] may give some information on this subject.
Santiago Dotor, 21 Jan 2002


Standard of the other members of the princely House

(Flagge and Fahne)

Standard of the other members of the princely House
image by Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001

(Banner)

Banner of the other members of the princely House by Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001

The former “royal standard” is now used by the other members of the princely House. The proportions are the same as for the other Liechtenstein flags (3:5).
Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001, translating and adapting Roger Baert in [bat00]

It is described in the official Liechtenstein site flag’s page as the colours of the Princely Household: «Das Fürstenhaus führt mit Gold-Rot eigene Farben»
Ivan Sache, 22 Dec 1998


(Wimpel)

Wimpel of the other members of the princely House
image by Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001

Flag of the government and the assembly

Current princely flag 3:5 -S-/--
António Martins, 04 Dec 2001
(adapted from www.ngw.nl/int/oveur/images/liechten.jpg)

The law of 30 June 1982 prescribed a service flag to be used by the government and the assembly. It is a 3:5 horizontally divided blue-red flag with the greater arms in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 01 Mar 2001, translating and adapting Roger Baert in [bat00]

The flag of the Government and the Assembly. The Government and the Assembly were granted by the law of 30 June 1982 a service flag horizontally divided blue-red with the greater coat of arms in the middle. Proportions are 3:5.
Ivan Sache, 15 May 2002, quoting from [bat00]


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