Banner o Monaco
The naitional banner o Monaco (French: Drapeau de Monaco) haes twa equal horizontal baunds o red (top) an white, baith o which hae been the heraldic colors o the Hoose o Grimaldi syne at least 1339. The present bicolor design wis adoptit on Aprile 4, 1881, unner Prince Charles III.
Monaco's oreeginal banner, which wis similar tae its current state banner but bore an aulder version o its coat o airms, wis in uise frae the principality's early days (except durin its annexation tae Fraunce frae 1793 tae 1814) till the present, simpler design wis adoptit in 1881.
Anither design (belaw), the banner o the state airms (lozenges in the Grimaldi family colors, in heraldic terms "lozengy argent an gules"), wis uised at various times, particularly in the 17t century, as an unoffeecial banner, an still appears in some ryal photographs. Housomeivver, it haes nae designatit uise, an does no represent ony Monegasque offeecial in particular.
Monaco's state banner, which consists o the full achievement o the coat o airms on a white backgrund wi a red line, is flown at government offices, the Prince's palace, in the presence o government offeecials, an as an ensign on the Prince's yacht.
The princely staundar, which consistit o the Croun o Monaco ower twa opposin letters A on a white backgrund, is the personal banner o Prince Albert II, an is anerlie uised in his immediate presence, particularly on caurs in which he travels. It is aften seen wi a gold fringe on the top, bottom, an richt, which is ane-nint the height o the white field.
Except for its proportions, the banner o Monaco is identical tae the banners o Indonesie an the German state o Hesse (baith o which are langer). It is an aa similar tae the banners o Singapore (which haes a crescent an five starns in the top left), Poland an the German state o Thuringie (the order o the colours is reversed on the latter twa). Monaco's banner is ane o the warld's auldest banners.
- Sources disagree as to the flag's usage. According to Flags of the World it is ; according to the World Flag Database it is ; and according to Whitney Smith's Flags Through the Ages and Across the World (1975), it is .
- Explanation o the uise o Monaco's various banners
- World Flag Database Monaco's flags at the World Flag Database