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Banner o Maltae
Ceevil ensign o Maltae

The Banner o Maltae (Maltese: Bandiera ta' Malta) is a basic bi-colour, wi white in the hoist an red in the fly: colours frae the blazon o the airms o Maltae. Tradition states that the colours o the banner wur given tae Maltae bi Coont Roger o Sicily, in 1091. The banner o Coont Roger wis a chequered red an white banner an he gave a set frae this banner.

A key stranghauld durin the Crusades, muckle o the heraldry o Maltae is influenced bi the colours an devices o the Knights o Maltae. Their badge wis the characteristic Maltese cross, an their airms wur a white cross on a red field. Frae these colours came the red an white shield that wis uised durin Maltae's colonial period. In the upper hoist corner (in the canton o the white field) is the George Cross (showin a design o St. George an the Dragon), ootlined in red, wi the motto "For Gallantry" encirclin the cross.

The honour wis awardit in 1943 bi Keeng George VI te the entire Maltese population, for their exceptional bravery an gallantry durin Warld War II. In 1964, the blue canton on which the cross wis oreeginally placed wis replaced bi a red fimbriation. This banner wis adoptit upon Malta's being grantit dominion status athin the Breetish Empire, on 21 September 1964. The dominion o Maltae existit till 1971 when Maltae became a republic, although the banner remained the same. The Maltese naitional banner is unique in bearin a decoration frae anither kintra, in this case the Unitit Kinrick.

The ceevil ensign is entirely different: it shows a red field, bordered white an chairged wi a white Maltese cross.

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