Flag of Alderney

Alderney Flag



Flag of Alderney - Description of the Alderney Flag
  • Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Alderney flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Alderney flag is described as - Cross & Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Alderney flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )
  • The emblem on the Alderney flag pictures the island arms which appear in the middle of the flag
  • The arms consist of a lion rampant bearing a sprig. The lion has a tongue, a sprighty tail and a crowned head
  • The Meaning & History of the Alderney Flag - The Alderney flag, like the other Channel Islands, includes the Cross of St George of England

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a modern flag
Alderney Flag Etiquette
  • Alderney Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Alderney as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Alderney
    • State Flag of Alderney
    • Military Flag of Alderney (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Alderney
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Alderney Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Alderney should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Alderney flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Alderney should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Alderney flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Alderney, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Terminology & Etiquette in Alderney Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Alderney flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Alderney flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Alderney flag to the top, then lowering the Alderney Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Alderney flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Alderney flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Alderney flag
  • The Alderney flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Alderney flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Alderney flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Alderney Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Alderney Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

Alderney - Guernsey


Location: Islands in the English Channel, northwest of France

National Flags of the World Map

  • Land Size of Guernsey : 78 sq km and includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm and Sark
  • Climate / Weather of Alderney : temperate with mild winters and cool summers
  • Population of Guernsey : 66,000
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Guernsey : St Peter Port
  • GDP of Guernsey : $1.4 billion
  • Main Industries : tourism, banking
  • Currency of Alderney : British pound (GBP)
  • Agricultural products : tomatoes, greenhouse flowers, sweet peppers, eggplant, fruit; Guernsey cattle
  • Main Colors of Alderney Flag : Red and White
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Aldernay
Concise History of Alderney
  • 1736 Alderney's Braye Harbour is established
  • 1789 Martello towers are built due to the threat of attack by Napoleon
  • 1799 Allies are defeated by Napoleon
  • 1799 Russian troops are billeted in Alderney
  • 1846 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visit the islands
  • 1914 The last witch trial is held in Guernsey
  • 1939 - 1945 WWII
  • 1939 All 1000 Alderney residents leave the island
  • 1st July 1939 Alderney is occupied by the German armed forces
  • 9th May 1945 On VE (Victory in Europe) day Guernsey including Alderney is liberated
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