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Thailand (consular flag), since 1927.
Thailand removed the white elephant from its national flag in 1917, but the animal still remains on the flags used by its diplomatic corps. Consuls of Thailand fly the national flag defaced with a large blue disc and a plain white elephant. Ambassadors have a similar flag, except the elephant is also dressed in regalia.
Royal Siam Army (colour), 1885-1887
The Chudhadhujdhippatai flag was an army colour (a single specially made flag designed to be carried in battle or on formal occasions) granted to the Royal Siam Army as it headed north to fight the Haw wars.
The flag is a great showcase for the old coat of arms of Siam. These European-style arms were created in 1873 on the orders of King Rama V. The shield was divided into three compartments, symbolizing the King’s sovereignty over Laos (represented by a white elephant on red), the northern Malay states (represented by two crossed daggers on pink), and the core Thai territory (represented by a three-headed elephant on yellow).
Prime Minister of Thailand (1936-Present)
The seal of the Prime Minister features the Rajasiha and Gajasiha, the king of lions and the elephant-headed lion. Formerly featured on the royal coat of arms of Siam, they are featured here as the protectors of the constitution. The Prime Minster’s standard features this seal topped with Great Crown of Victory.
Why is the US’s flag colors the exact same as UK’s Union Jack? (Without the, you know, 50 states)
(Scratch that- why do so many flag only have red, blue, and white?)
The United Kingdom and the United States share a colour scheme because the American flag is descended from a British-inspired flag called the Grand Union Flag. The original American flag was created by taking the British crosses out of the top left of this flag and replacing them with a field of thirteen stars.
The British flag features those three colours because it’s a combination of the red and white flag of England, the blue and white flag of Scotland, and the red and white St Patrick’s Cross flag (representing Ireland).
Many red-white-blue flags are connected to these two. Australia and New Zealand fly defaced British Ensigns. The flags of Liberia, Chile, Panama, and Cuba are all directly based on the American flag, either because of a historical connection or because the stars and stripes were seen as a symbol of liberty.
The French tricolour (a combination of the red and blue flag of Paris and the white flag of the French monarchy) was another a symbol of liberty. Its colours inspired the flags of Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Norway. As one of the earliest revolutionary flags, it served as a model for dozens of other tricolours.
The other revolutionary tricolour was the flag of the Netherlands. It was originally orange white and blue, representing Prince William of Orange, but the orange dye used at the time wasn’t stable and would redden with age. Eventually red just became the flag’s official colour.
The Dutch flag may have inspired the Russian flag, or it may have been the coat of arms of Moscow. Either way, Russia ended up with a white-blue-red tricolour which became the basis for the Pan-Slavic colours used on the flags of Serbia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
There’s a lot of history connecting all these flags, and the more the colour scheme was used, the more it came to represent independence and freedom. Thailand, for example, added blue to its red and white flag to match the flags of its World War I allies.
There are a few exceptions. Luxembourg’s flag is based on its coat of arms and Cambodia probably came by its colours independently. But by and large most red-white-blue flags were based — directly or indirectly — on the flags that came before them.
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