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Flag of British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1960
Design A defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and defaced with the coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands. [0]
Colors
#00247D
#FFFFFF
#CF142B

History

The flag of the British Virgin Islands was adopted on 15 November 1960. [0]

Meaning

The arms consist of a shield, featuring a lady dressed in white holding a golden lamp, with 11 other golden lamps surrounding her on a green field. It is a representation of Saint Ursula, a Christian saint who is said to have taken a pilgrimage across Europe with 11,000 virgin handmaidens. When Christopher Columbus sighted the islands in 1493, the islands were said to have reminded him of the story of Saint Ursula, and that is how the islands got their name. The arms were chosen as a representation of this story. The Latin motto under the coat of arms, Vigilate, means "Be Vigilant". [1]