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British Honduras used a solid blue flag with a white disc in the center between 02/02/1950 and 09/21/1981. In this disc was the coat of arms. This had been granted by King Edward VII in 1907. It is surrounded by a wreath of fifty leaves, an allusion to the year 1950, because in that year movement for independence and sovereignty was born. However, in connection with the declaration of independence on 21.09.1981, it was slightly changed, and brought into its present form.
A red border was added to the top and bottom of the flag. It stands for the United Democratic Party, the opposition party at that time. The change was made because otherwise the flag would look too much like the flag of the United People's Party, which, however, led the country to independence.
The coat of arms of British Honduras dates back to 1819, but only became official when King Edward VII granted it on Jan. 28, 1907. It shows the importance of forestry through various devices. The shield is divided into three parts. In the first, silver field, top left, a hatchet crossed with a paddle, in the top corner of the field until 1967 the British Union Jack. In the second, gold field, upper right, a hatchet and a pruning saw. In the third, blue field, below, a sailing ship. Above the shield, a mahogany tree. The shield was originally held by two Negroes in white pants. In 1967, the left shield holder became a creole. The two shield holders symbolize the different population groups. Under the shield a banner with the Latin inscription: "SUB UMBRA FLOREO" => "I bloom in the shade".
Blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and along the bottom corners; in the center is a large white disk bearing the national coat of arms; the national coat of arms shows two workers in front of a mahogany tree and an inscription.