The red and yellow colors contained in the Spanish flag represent the colors of the original Spanish kingdoms. The Spanish flag also contains a coat of arms containing the Pillars of Hercules, which are meant to represent Gibraltar and Cueta.Continue Reading
Also contained within the coat of arms in the Spanish flag is the emblem of the House of Bourbon, which is the Spanish royal family. The emblem itself has a blue oval as well as three fleurs-de-lis encased in a border with a red edge. Inside of the pillars in the shield is a red scroll which reads, "Plus Ultra." Translated, this phrase means "there is more beyond."
The most recent version of the Spanish flag came into existence in 1981. There have been many variations throughout history, however the current version of the flag has roots to a 1785 flag, during Carlos II's rule of Spain. This is when the red and yellow colors of the flag were introduced, along with a purple stripe that was later removed. These colors represented the House of Bourbon during the reign of Carlos II. The current flag is similar to the flag of 1785, and the majority of changes made throughout the years involved the coat of arms.Learn more about Europe
Individually the six colors of the South African flag have no meaning, but black, yellow and green stand for the African National Congress, whereas red, white and blue represent colonial European flags and those of historical Boer republics. The "Y" shape indicates South Africa's diversity and unity converging to a single point as one country.Full Answer >
The flag of the Republic of Ireland represents the British in Northern Ireland, peace and Ireland's native people. It is a rectangle broken up into three equally sized sections of green, white and orange. The flag first flew in Ireland in 1848 and is a tricolor similar in layout to the flags of France and Belgium.Full Answer >
The white eagle that appears on some Polish flags is the national coat of arms of Poland. The symbol first appeared on 12th century Polish coins and is still used on flags, publications and merchandise to represent Poland.Full Answer >
Denmark's national flag is a white cross on a red background. It is called the "Dannebrog," which means the "flag of the Danes" or "red flag." The Danish flag's first appearance occurred on June 15, 1219, at the Battle of Lyndanisse in Estonia, according to local tradition.Full Answer >