Banner o Luxembourg

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Flag ratio: 3:5
Flag ratio: 1:2

The banner o Luxembourg (Luxembourgis: Lëtzebuerger Fändel, German: Flagge Luxemburgs, French: Drapeau du Luxembourg) consists o three horizontal stripes, red, white an blue, an can be in 1:2 or 3:5 ratio. It wis first uised atween 1845 an 1848 an offeecially adoptit on Juin 23, 1972. Luxembourg haed nae flag till 1830, when patriots wur urged tae display the naitional colors. The banner wis defined as a horizontal tricolor o red, white, an blue in 1848, but it wis no offeecially adoptit till 1972. The tricolor banner is amaist identical tae that o the Netherlands, except that it is langer an its blue stripe is a lichter shade. The red, white, an blue colorin wis derived frae the Grand Duke's coat o airms, which dates frae the 13t century.

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Accordin tae the Règlement Grand-Ducal frae Julie 27, 1993, the proper colors are:

Scheme Red Blue
Pantone 032 C 299 C
CMYK 0, 90, 85, 0 85, 20, 0, 0
*White are as normal. *Source: http://www.legilux.public.lu/leg/a/archives/1993/0731609/0731609.pdf#page=3

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The colours o the Flag o Luxembourg wur first adoptit aroond 1830 durin the Belgian Revolution. They wur probably derived frae the coonts, dukes an later grand-dukes o Luxembourg's coat o airms which in turn wis derived frae the combination o the dukes o Limbourg's Lion an the supposed striped banner o the early coonts o Luxembourg. The three-colored horizontal design wis fixed on Juin 12, 1845.

It teuk till Juin 23, 1972 afore a law was passed regulatin the flag o Luxembourg. The same law an aa prescribed ensign an roondel for aircraft an ships registered in Luxembourg.

Ane important clarification brought bi this law wis that the color blue wis defined as being a vera bricht blue, in contrast tae the banner o the Netherlands (exactly the same design, but the Dutch flag uises daurk blue an a less oblong shape).

The heraldric blazon for the flag is per fess Gules an Azure, a fess Argent.

Ensign[eedit | eedit soorce]

Flag ratio 5:7

The red lion is the offeecial ensign for ships registered in Luxembourg. It is uised for river an sea shippin, as well as for aviation. This banner is based on the Coat o airms o Luxembourg an is uised as the ensign tae avoid the possibility o Luxembourg's ensign being confused for that o the Netherlands. Ten white an blue stripes serve as the field for a red lion wi a yellae tongue an croun. The proper ratio for this ensign is 5:7.

The Réglement Grand-Ducal o Julie 27, 1993 defined the ensign's colors as:

  • Red: Pantone 032 c
  • White:
  • Blue: Pantone 299 c
  • Yellae: Pantone 116c

Roondel[eedit | eedit soorce]

Roundel of Luxembourg.svg

The roondel o Luxembourg is seen on the AWACS aircraft uised bi NATO.

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On October 5, 2006, MP Michel Wolter introduced a legislative proposition[1] tae replace the current red-white-blue naitional flag wi the red lion ensign. He argued that the current banner wis commonly ramfeeselt wi that o the Netherlands an that the red lion on the ither haund wis mair popular, mair aesthetic an o greater historic value. Wolter an aa claimed he haed personally discussed the matter wi some three hunder fowk, maist o whom expressed their support for his initiative.

On the ither haund, mony naitional politeecians (includin leadin members o Wolter's awn CSV) an VIPs hae expressed astonishment in the local media concernin baith the timing and necessity for such a chynge. The anerlie poleetical pairty tae express support for Wolter's initiative wis the naitionalist an populist ADR. On October 24, 2006 a local initiative cried Initiativ Roude Léiw (Initiative Red Lion) held a press conference explainin their intention tae support Wolter's project on a non-partisan basis. Their first actions wad include distribution o red lion bumper stickers, a petition an a poll.

A formal obstacle for replacin the flag coud be that the neighbourin Belgian province o Luxembourg uises a coat o airms similar tae the red lion flag on their awn flag. The German state o Hesse an aa incorporates a somehou similar design on its coat o airms, which is in turn featured on the state flag, though the ceevil flag bears nae resemblance.

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