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image by Željko Heimer, 2 January 2003
The flag is vertically blue yellow green 1:2:1, with
three green diamonds. Diamonds are said to represent that
islands are “gems of Antilles”. The flag was
Željko Heimer, 29 Jan 1996
The Album 2000 [pay00] says:
1. National Flag. 2:3Vertical tricolour of blue-yellow-green, the yellow being double the width of each of the other two, and with three green lozenges, two and one in the middle of it. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of those rare Commonwealth countries that did not adopt the British ensign system and uses one national flag for all purposes. The ratio is also not quite according to British traditions.
After a local competition failed to produce a satisfactory
design, the problem was submitted to a Swiss graphic artist
who suggested what is now the current design.
Ivan Sache, 31 Jan 2000, quoting from [rya97]
The Swiss graphic artist who designed the current flag of St Vincent
is the late Julien van der Wal. Among many of creations, he is
also the author of the current flag of the Canton
Tal Schibler, 24 Mar 2010
Julien van der Wal was the Swiss designer of the Saint Vincent and
Grenadines flag (source:
in the Encyclopedia Britannica, by Whitney
Dave Martucci, 23 Jan 2010
The present flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines came into use officially on Monday October 21, 1985. That morning there was a ceremony at the War Memorial in Kingston to mark the change over. According [v9c85], a leaflet produced in 1985 at the Government Printing Office in Kingston, the symbolism of the flag is as follows:
The green diamonds are shaped in a V for St. Vincent, and reflect the plural nature of the many islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These gems define St. Vincent and the Grenadines as the gems of the Antilles. The Blue represents the sky and sea. the gold is for warmth, the bright spirit of the people and the golden sands of the Grenadines. The Green represents the lush vegetation of St. Vincent’s agriculture and the enduring vitality of the people. The Flag may be called “The gems”.
Jos Poels 03 Dec 1996
The Grenadines consist of two groups, the Northern and the Southern
Grenadines; the latter belong to Grenada, among which are Carriacou,
Petite Martinique, Diamind island, Ronde island, Les Tantes, Caille
island, London Bridge island, The Sisters, Green island, Bird island.
In total there are c. 600 Grenadines. 34,5 sq. km. belong to
Grenada; 45,3 sq. km. to St. Vincent.
(source: Fischer Weltalmanach 2000)
Jarig Bakker, 03 Feb 2000
The protocol manual for the
London 2012 Olympics
(Flags and Anthems Manual
London 2012 [loc12]) provides recommendations
for national flag designs. Each
was sent an image of the flag, including the
PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG produced
a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these specs may
not be the official, government, version of each flag, they are certainly what
believed the flag to be.
For St Vincent & the Grenadines: PMS 286 blue, 109 yellow, 354 green. The vertical flag is simply the horizontal version turned 90 degrees clockwise.
Ian Sumner, 10 October 2012
What is generally shown as the current form of the Arms would have
been designed by a herald at the College of Arms in London when the
Arms were granted in 1912. However
the scene on the shield is not original. It is a copy of the
Seal of St Vincent which was in
use before 1839 when it appeared in an anaglyptograph of Seals
of the Colonies of the British Empire
David Prothero, 12 Nov 2008
image by Hemendra Bhola, 27 June 2020
The Album 2000 [pay00] says:
2. Governor General. 1:2Blue flag with the royal crest and yellow ribbon inscribed in black "St VINCENT & THE GRENADINES".
image by Željko Heimer and Victor Lomantsov, 03 Jan 2003
In 1993 Michel Lupant wrote in Gaceta de banderas
[gdb] about a red flag of
Victor Lomantsov, 03 Jan 2003
According to Michel Lupant, it should be blue; it will be corrected by
him in Gaceta as soon as possible.
Armand du Payrat, 06 Jan 2003
Governor General flag was never red but blue, it was a mistake
in the translation in Gaceta.
Michel Lupant, 19 Jun 2005
image by Antonio Martins, 15 Aug 1999
According to the WMO book [c9h07], Saint Vincent and the Grenadines partially use the well-known US signal set: