Flag of Guyana
|Name||The Golden Arrowhead|
|Adopted||26 May 1966|
|Design||A green field with the black-edged red isosceles triangle based on the hoist-side superimposed on the larger white-edged golden triangle, also based on the hoist-side, pointed toward the fly-side.|
|Designed by||Whitney Smith|
Variant flag of Guyana
|Design||An elongated version of the above.|
Variant flag of Guyana
|Use||Civil air ensign|
|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 Arrowhead, 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 red for zeal and dynamism, gold for mineral wealth, green for agriculture and forests, black for endurance, and white for rivers and water.
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. The first flag was introduced in 1875 and was changed slightly in 1906 and 1955. Like all British Ensigns, the colonial flags of Guyana were all ratio 1:2.
The Presidential Standard of Guyana came into effect by Proclamation issued on 23 February 1970. Subsequent Presidents have amended this Proclamation to replace the description of the flag contained, to reflect the Presidential Standard they wish to introduce for the duration of their Presidency.
Presidential Standard of Guyana (1970-1980) under President Arthur Chung.
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1980-1985 under President Forbes Burnham
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1985-1992 under President Hugh Desmond Hoyte
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1992-1997 under President Cheddi B. Jagan
Presidential Standard of Guyana 1997-1999 under President Janet Jagan
Presidential Standard of Guyana (2015-2020) under President David A. Granger
Presidential Standard of Guyana (2020-present) under President Mohamed Irfaan Ali