Flag of Barbados
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Until 1965, Barbados, as a British colony, used the blue British service flag (Blue Ensign) with a badge in the waving part of the flag. The badge showed Neptune, the god of the sea, riding on two seahorses with a trident in his right hand on a white disk. The tip of the trident appears today in the center stripe of the flag.
The present flag of Barbados was officially hoisted on Nov. 30, 1966. It was designed by G.W. Prescod, and features three vertical stripes in blue, yellow and blue, and the black trident in the center. The blue stripes symbolize the sea and the sky, and the yellow stripe in the center symbolizes the sandy beaches. The three tips of the trident represent three principles of government: Of the people, with the people, and for the people. The handle of the trident was deliberately omitted. This is to express that Barbados has overcome its colonial heritage. However, the trident also represents the people's close ties to the sea.
The coat of arms was granted to Barbados by the British Queen Elizabeth II on 21.12.1965, replacing the badge. It shows in a golden shield an uprooted "bearded fig tree". The name of the island is derived from this tree. The Spanish word barbados means bearded. In the upper corners of the shield are two red orchids. This orchid species has the name "Red Pride of Barbados", and is the national plant of the state. The shield bears a helmet with yellow and red covers. From it protrudes the arm of a native. He holds two sugar cane stalks in his hand. Shield holders are a dolphin and a pelican. They represent the fishing and wildlife of the island. Below is a golden ribbon with the country's motto: "Pride and industry" => "Proud and hardworking".
Three equal verical stripes (blue, gold, blue) with a black trident on the gold area; the trident represents independence and a break with the past under colonial power.
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