The Flag of Jersey

The flag of Jersey features a red saltire (diagonal cross) on a white field, with a yellow Plantagenet crown in the upper quadrant nearest the flagpole. This simple yet distinctive design reflects Jersey's historical and cultural ties, combining elements that symbolize its allegiance and heritage.

The Flag of Jersey

History

The flag of Jersey was adopted on June 7, 1979, after the island was granted permission by Queen Elizabeth II to use a new flag to mark the Liberation Day festivities, commemorating the island's liberation from German occupation during World War II. Prior to this, Jersey, as a dependency of the British Crown, did not have its own unique flag and often used the Union Jack or the Lieutenant Governor's flag for official purposes. The red saltire is an homage to the St. Patrick's Cross, reflecting the historical ties with the Duchy of Normandy, while the yellow Plantagenet crown represents Jersey's loyalty to the British Crown. The introduction of the flag was a significant step in Jersey's expression of its unique identity while maintaining its connection to the United Kingdom.