Flag of Barbados

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Flag of Barbados.svg
NameThe Broken Trident
UseNational flag and civil ensign
Adopted30 November 1966; 54 years ago (1966-11-30)
DesignA vertical triband of ultramarine (hoist-side and fly-side) and gold with the black trident-head centred on the gold band.
Designed byGrantley Prescod
Naval Ensign of Barbados.svg
Variant flag of Barbados
UseNaval ensign
DesignA red cross on a white field, the national flag in the canton
Barbados flag at Carifiesta 2018, Montreal

The national flag of Barbados was officially unveiled on 30 November 1966, the island's first Independence Day, when it was raised for the first time by Lieutenant Hartley Dottin of the Barbados Regiment.


It consists of a triband of two bands of ultramarine, which are said to stand for the ocean surrounding the country and the sky, separated by a golden middle band, which represents the sand. A black trident head, commonly called the broken trident, is centred in the golden band, and the fact that the staff is missing is significant. The trident symbol was taken from Barbados' colonial badge, where the trident of Poseidon is shown with Britannia holding it. The broken lower part symbolises a symbolic break from its status as a colony.[1] The three points of the trident represent the three principles of democracy: 1) government of the people, 2) government for the people, and 3) government by the people.[2]

The design of the flag was created by Grantley W. Prescod and was chosen from an open competition arranged by the Barbados government. Over a thousand entries were received.[3]

The official British Standard colour code numbers for the flag are: Ultramarine —BCC 148, Gold — BS O/002.[4]

Historical flags[edit]

Flag Duration Use Description
Flag of the West Indies Federation (1958–1962).svg 1958–62 Flag of the West Indies Federation Known as "Sun and Seas Flag"[5] -- A blue field with four white horizontal wavy bars (the top pair of bars being parallel and the lower pair also parallel) and an orange sun in the centre.
Flag of Barbados (1870–1966).svg 1870–1966 Flag of the Colony of Barbados A British Blue Ensign with an emblem of Barbados

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flag of Barbados, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Barbados). Archived from original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Barbados". Flags Of The World. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  3. ^ "Government of Barbados National Flag". Barbados.gov.bb. 12 November 2003. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^ Princess Opens New Parliament (1958), YouTube

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