Flag of Malta
As the official symbol of the Republic of Malta, its state flag was approved in September 1964.
Description and proportions of the flag of Malta
The Maltese flag has the classic shape of a rectangle, the sides of which are relative to each other as 3: 2. The cloth is divided vertically into two parts of equal width. The left side of the flag, adjacent to the flagpole, is white, and the free half is bright red.
The upper corner of the staff contains the image of the British Cross of St. George. The badge is applied with silver paint and has a scarlet narrow border. With the Cross of St. George, Great Britain awarded the state of the Republic of Malta for the bravery of its population, shown during the Second World War. This award applies to all civilians on the island.
The motif of the flag of Malta is also present on its coat of arms, which looks like a heraldic shield. It has the colors of a flag and is vertically divided into two equal parts. In the left half of the shield in the outer upper corner is the British Cross of St. George. The motives of the flag of Malta can be traced in the ribbon with the motto, located under the shield. It has a white color and a red lining, and its motif echoes the general motif of the Maltese flag..
The coat of arms of Malta is also depicted on the flag of the country's president. The field of his flag is made in deep blue, in the center there is an image of the coat of arms of the country, and Maltese crosses are applied in gold on the corners of the banner..
The Guys of the Naval Forces of the Republic of Malta is in the shape of a square. Its border is bright red, the middle part is white. In the corners of the bright red border there are white Maltese crosses, and on the white field, exactly in the center, the image of the British George Cross is applied.
History of the flag of Malta
Prior to the adoption of the current flag of Malta, the symbol of the state since 1943 was the dark blue flag, characteristic of all overseas colonies of Great Britain. In the upper left corner of it there was an image of the British flag, and on the right side of the blue field there was an image of a heraldic shield in red and white with the British George Cross in the upper left side on a blue field. This state flag was used until 1964, until Malta gained independence from Great Britain..
Prior to this, the flag of Malta, since 1875, has always been a blue cloth, the upper field adjacent to the pole was occupied by the flag of the British Empire.