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Ensign of Anguilla
image by Graham Bartram, 25 Apr 2004
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  • Page about flags at the anguillan official government website
    reported by Gvido Petersons, 07 Nov 2000

National flag usage

Anguillans seem to regard the “Three Dolphins” flag as their “real” flag, and it tends to be flown much more frequently than the official flag, especially in private residences, shops, etc.
Ron Lahav, 23 Feb 2005

Description of the flag

On 1 February 1980 Anguilla became a separate crown colony and later adopted the blue ensign with the former flag as a sort of badge.
Mark Sensen, 26 Oct 1996

The current flag — blue ensign with dolphin badge — was adopted on May 30th, 1990.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 10 Jul 1999

A previous Governor of Anguilla, Mr. Brian Canty, suggested a new flag and drew sketches which were sent to London for approval by Her Majesty the Queen. The new flag, which was first hoisted on 30 May, 1990, is a blue ensign with a Union Jack in the top left corner and a shield on the right side which shows three orange dolphins on a white background with a turquoise-blue base. The design thus incorporates affiliation to Britain and the Anguilla Three Dolphins flag.
Dov Gutterman, 02 Mar 2002, quoting from

The British Navy flag book’s Change No. 5 of 1999 and the current issue of BR20 [gra00] shows the badge at 13/24, not 4/9 any more. There is no gold border to the shield as it appears on the flag (it only appears on the seal and inside the garland of the Governor’s flag). The proportions of the shield, according to BR20 should be 5/4. The shield is straight sided until 15/26 of its depth and the light blue occupies 4/13 of the overall size.
Christopher Southworth, 30 Apr 2005

The coat of arms of Anguilla has a bottom stripe of light tourqoise-blue. In the flag that stripe is light blue. The reason: the Goverment of Anguilla could not afford the money for flags with a correct shield, as the special shade of bluish-green would have risen the costs for the flags. So the manufacturer decided to make the shield white and blue to keep the costs lower.
Ralf Stelter, 10 May 1999

Flag ashore in 3:5 ratio?

Flag of Anguilla
image by Gvido Petersons and António Martins, 15 Nov 2000

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote, that the blue ensign is used in 3:5 ratio on land and in 1:2 ratio at sea. On land this flag is the “unofficial” National flag, to be used for decorative and distiguishing purposes inside and outside Anguilla (the official state flag is the Union Jack). The blue ensign on land is not as unusual as one might expect. St. Vincent used it with her own arms as National flag on land, too.
Ralf Stelter, 25 Jul 1999

A 3:5 version of the ensign is then prescribed, to be used in those occasions when a specific anguillan symbol is needed (I guess this happends when the UJ is flown standing for Britain, like in Commonwealth meetings or during the odd british VIP official visit to the island).
António Martins, 24 Oct 1999

Anguilla is 1:2, not 3:5. I quote BR20 [gra00] as my authority on this one, and although it recommends (excepting the Union Flag) 3:5 for land flags, it also says that flags with a Union in the canton should (even though the Union Flag can be made in 3:5) always be 1:2.
Christopher Southworth, 07 Dec 2004

The dolphin badge

Anguilla - shield
image by Gvido Petersons, 15 Nov 2000

The official seal is the shield with a double circle around it containing the words Anguilla: Strength and Endurance.
Gvido Petersons, 07 Nov 2000, quoting the government website

The coat of arms of Anguilla has a bottom stripe of light tourqoise-blue.
Ralf Stelter, 10 May 1999

Governor’s flag


Anguilla’s Governor flag
image by Graham Bartram, 25 Apr 2004

The Governor’s flag has a gold edge to the shield, but the Blue Ensign does not.
Graham Bartram, 20 Dec 2004

As I understand it, the yellow shield “border” has a black fimbriation to delineate the shield.
Paige Herring, 25 Apr 2004


Described in Colonial Flag Badges [wee02] as

Union Flag defacement (circular configuration of design on shield within garland) also taken into use in 1990.

This is rather obscure, but I am sure that it means that the design on the shield was enlarged to fill the whole of the circular space within the garland, as in the Governor’s Flag on the Anguilla web page.
David Prothero, 20 Jul 2005

The governor’s official flag comprises the Union Jack and the Anguilla coat of arms surrounded by a laurel wreath. It is flown at Government House when the Governor is in residence and on any motor car or boat in which he is making an official visit. The coat of arms uses the same dolphin design that appears on the flag and is edged with gold.
Gvido Petersons, 07 Nov 2000, quoting the government website

The Anguillan governor has a flag. It’s a Union Jack with a white circle in the middle. In the circle is the white and blue badge with the three orange dolphins. Same as on the flag image. Inside the circle and outside of the badge are two laurel branches that start below the badge and finish above the badge. The tips of the branches do not touch nor do the bottoms. There is some sort of decoration between and touching the bottoms of the laurels, but I didn’t get close enough to see what it was.
Sally Janin, 30 July 1997

It is a normal british oversea’s governor flag.
Armand du Payrat, 08 Dec 1999

The refered «decoration between and touching the bottoms of the laurels» is evidently a lace of sky blue ribbon. From the description above («Inside the circle and outside of the badge»), it is clear that locally used flags do have the laurel garland completely inside the disc, and not over it’s edge.
António Martins, 19 Jan 2000

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