The Flag of Guernsey

The flag of Guernsey features a white background with a red cross, known as St. George's Cross, extending to the edges of the flag. In the canton (the upper left quarter), there is a gold Norman cross, which adds a distinctive element that sets it apart from other flags featuring St. George's Cross. The combination of these elements reflects Guernsey's historical ties and its distinct identity within the British Isles.

The Flag of Guernsey

History

The flag of Guernsey was officially adopted on April 30, 1985, marking a significant point in the island's expression of its unique cultural and historical identity. Prior to this, Guernsey used the St. George's Cross without any additional symbol, similar to the flag of England. The addition of the gold Norman cross was proposed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the island's liberation from German occupation during World War II, symbolizing Guernsey's Norman heritage. The flag's adoption underscores Guernsey's pride in its distinct history and its status as a British Crown Dependency, while also paying homage to its deep-rooted connections to both Britain and Normandy.