Flag of Guyana

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Guyana
Flag of Guyana.svg
Name The Golden Arrowhead
Use National flag
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 26 May 1966[1]
Design A black-edged red triangle over a larger white-edged gold triangle, both based on the hoist and pointing toward the fly, on a green field.
Designed by Whitney Smith
Naval Ensign of Guyana.svg
Variant flag of Guyana
Use National ensign
Proportion 1:2
Design An elongated version of the above.
Civil Air Ensign of Guyana.svg
Variant flag of Guyana
Proportion 7:11
Design British Civil Air Ensign combined with national flag of Guyana. May be flown at airports and from landed aircraft.

The flag of Guyana, known as The Golden Arrow, has been the national flag of Guyana since May 1966 when the country became independent from the United Kingdom. It was designed by Whitney Smith, an American vexillologist (though originally without the black and white fimbriations, which were later additions suggested by the College of Arms in the United Kingdom).

The proportions of the national flag are 3:5. The colours are symbolic, with green for agriculture and forests, white for rivers and water, gold for mineral wealth, black for endurance, and red for zeal and dynamism.

Other flags[edit]

The civil air ensign is a copy of the British Civil Air Ensign, with the Guyanese flag in the canton. The naval ensign of Guyana is a version of the national flag, with proportions of 1:2.

As part of the British Empire, Guyana's flag was a British Blue Ensign with the colonial badge in the fly. An unofficial red version was used at sea.[2] The first flag was introduced in 1875 and was changed slightly in 1906 and 1955.[3] Like all British Ensigns, the colonial flags of Guyana were all ratio 1:2.

1875 - 1906
1875 - 1906
1906 - 1955the white disc was removed after 1919
1906 - 1955
the white disc was removed after 1919
1955 - 1966
1955 - 1966

Presidential Standards[edit]

The Presidential Standard of Guyana came into effect by Proclamation issued on the 23rd February, 1970. Subsequent Presidents have amended this Proclamation to replace the description of the flag contained, to reflect the Presidential Standard they wish introduce for the duration of their Presidency.

Presidential Standard of Guyana 1970-1980
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1970-1980
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1980-1985 under President L.F.S. Burnham
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1980-1985 under President L.F.S. Burnham
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1985-1992 under President H. Desmond Hoyte
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1985-1992 under President H. Desmond Hoyte
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1992-1997 under President Cheddi B. Jagan
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1992-1997 under President Cheddi B. Jagan

Joint Services[edit]

Guyana Defence Force
Guyana Defence Force
Guyana Police Force
Guyana Police Force
Guyana Prison Service
Guyana Prison Service

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