Belgium Flag

Belgium Flag

 

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Flag of Belgium - Description of the Belgium Flag
  • As the above picture of the Belgium Flag indicates the background is tri-color - Black, Yellow and Red
  • The description of the Belgian Flag is as follows:
    • Three equal vertical bands of black (hoist side), yellow, and red
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Belgium flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Black - Determination
 

 
 
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The flag ratio of the Belgium flag is very unusual and described as 13:15
  • The Meaning & History of the Belgium Flag - The Belgium flag and its vertical design was based on the flag of France. The colours of the Belgium flag were taken from the colours of the Duchy of Brabant. The Duchy of Brabant came into existence in 1190 and once formed a Belgian province also known as Brabant
  • The flag was adopted January 23 1831
 

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
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Belgium Flag Etiquette
  • Belgium 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 Belgium as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Belgium
    • State Flag of Belgium
    • Military Flag of Belgium (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Belgium
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Belgium Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Belgium should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Belgium flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Belgium should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • A Flag of Belgium, 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
 
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
 
 
Terminology & Etiquette in Belgium Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Belgium flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Belgium flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Belgium flag to the top, then lowering the Belgium Flag halfway
  • Manner of hoisting - The Belgium flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Belgium flag
  • The Belgium 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 Belgium 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 Belgium flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Belgium 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 Belgium Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.
 

Belgium

Location:Western Europe, bordering
the North Sea, between France
and the Netherlands

National Flags of the World Map

 
 

Belgium

  • Land Size of Belgium : 30,278 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Belgium : temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
  • Population of Belgium : 10,348,276 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Capital City of Belgium : Brussels
  • GDP of Belgium : $298.2 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries : engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum
  • Currency of Belgium : euro (EUR)
  • Agricultural products : sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco; beef, veal, pork, milk
  • Main Colors of Belgium Flag : Black, Yellow and Red
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Belgiam
 
The Celts and Ancient Belgian History
  • Bronze and Iron Age - The emergence of the Celts across Europe
  • 400BC - By this time the ancient culture of the Celts had settled in many European countries including Austria, Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Western Germany, Northern Spain, Turkey and Hungary
  • The Celts were people from various tribes and were called Galli by the Romans and Galatai or Keltoi by the Greeks. These terms all had one meaning in common - barbarian
  • It is from the greek Keltoi that Celt is derived
  • Despite the name of Barbarian the Celtic society was based almost entirely on pastoralism and the raising of cattle or sheep
  • 15 BC The Romans had begun to extend their empire. Gallia (in English Gaul) is the Roman name for the region of Europe occupied by the Celts. The word Gaul commonly refers to a Celt inhabitant of that region in ancient times
 
 
  • 224 - 220 BC - Rome conquered the Celts
  • 390 BC - The Celts sacked Rome
  • 280 BC - The Celts sacked many Greek cities
  • 390 BC - The Celts sacked Rome
  • 50-100AD - The spread of Christianity
  • 476 AD The Roman Empire collapsed
  • Middle Ages - Various different cultures emerged in the lands of the Celts and the history of each country changed accordingly
  • The above information provides a concise background to the Ancient Austrian civilisations
Concise History of Belgium & its Flag
  • The earliest named inhabitants of Belgium were the Belgae who were from Celtic tribes
  • 496 AD King Clovis of the Franks founded a kingdom which included Belgium
  • 768 The Carolingian family began to rule the Frankish kingdom
  • 800 Charlemagne was made King of the Franks
  • 843 Charlemagne's three grandsons divided the Frank empire between themselves
  • 900s - 1000's The Carolingians lost most of their power and the following families took control - Flanders, Brabant, Hainaut, Limburg, and Namur
  • 1477  Maximilian of Austria married to Mary of Burgundy and Belgium was brought under the rule of Austria
  • 1506 1506 Maximilian's grandson, Charles the Bold, inherited the Netherlands (which included present-day Belgium)
  • 1516 Charles the Bold inherited Spain
 
  • 1519 Charles the Bold became the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V
  • 1555 Charles gave up Belgium to his son, Phillip II
  • 1566 The Protestants in the country, led by William I, Prince of Orange, rebelled against the Catholic Phillip who sent thousands of Spanish soldiers to put down the rebellion
  • 1648 The conflict between Belgium and Spain finally came to an end when Spain recognized the independence of the Netherlands ( which included Belgium )
  • 1713 Belgium came under the rule of Austria
  • 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte is born in Corsica (1769-1821)
  • 1787 Henri Van der Noot and Jan Vonck helped write a Declaration of Independence
  • 1789 The Brabant Belgium Revolution occurred defeating the armies from Austria
  • January 1790 Belgians formed the independent state called the Etats Belgiques Unis
  • End of 1790 Austria regained control of the region
  • Early 1790s France drove the Austrians out of the region
  • 1797 Austria surrendered to Napoleon
 
 
  • 1797 Austria gave up the Netherlands and Lombardy to France
    1795 Belgium became a part of France
  • 1814 April 6 Napoleon had to give up his throne
  • 1815 After Napoleon was defeated the Congress of Vienna decided that Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg should be united
  • 1821 Napoleon dies
  • 1830 Belgium won its independence from the Netherlands
  • 1831 July 21 Belgium gains independence from Netherlands
  • 1831 July 21 Leopold I made King of Belgium
  • 1865 King Leopold II sent explorers to Africa and establishes the Congo Free State
  • 1908 The United States forced the king to give control of the Congo to the Belgium Parliament
  • 1908 The Congo Free State is called the Belgian Congo
  • 1909 King Albert I became the new King of Belgium
  • 4 August 1914 Germany invade Belgium and by November Germany occupies all of Belgium
  • 1914-1918 World War I
  • September 1918 Allied forces began the liberation of Belgium
  • 10 May 1940 Germany invades Belgium drawing them into World War II
  • 1939 -1945 World War II
  • September 1944 Allied forces liberated Belgium
  • August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • 1951 Leopold gave his crown to his son, Baudouin
  • 1960 The Belgian Congo obtains independence from Belgium
 
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