a blog about flags
September 8 is Andorra’s national holiday, the feast of Our Lady of Meritxell. Before adopting its current flag, the tiny principality flew a horizontal red-yellow-blue tricolour with a golden coronet in the centre. Up until 1866, the flag had been a plain vertical bicolour in the traditional red and yellow of Catalonia. The blue stripe was added—apparently at the insistence of Napoleon III—to represent France.