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Our provincial flag, based on the coat of arms, was adopted by proclamation on Feb. 24, 1965. The symbols depicted on the flag are taken from the Coat of Arms assigned by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 26, 1868. They are a gold lion on a red field across the top and an ancient galley with its oars in action across the base.
The province takes its name from the Duchy of Brunswick in Germany, which in 1784, the year the province was established, was in the possession of King George III. The arms of Brunswick consist of two gold lions on a red field, and the arms of the King contained the three gold lions of England. The gold lion in the flag therefore reflects New Brunswick's relationship both to the Duchy of Brunswick and England.
The galley is the conventional heraldic representation of a ship and reflects the two principal economic activities, shipping and shipbuilding, carried on in New Brunswick when the coat of arms was assigned.
Flags in various sizes are available from Central Stores, Supply and Services, tel.: (506) 453-2466.
The colour list follows: black, white, yellow (PMS* 116), red (PMS* 186) and blue (PMS* 286).
Information on use of the flag is available from the Protocol Office, Intergovernmental and International Relations, tel.: (506) 453-2671.
*PMS : Pantone Matching System