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Limburg [Province of] (Belgium)

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[Limburg flag]from the Shipmate site, with permission

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Official flag

Province in the East of Flanders, bordering Dutch Limburg. The flag is the same as the old flag, with the addition af an escutcheon.
Description: in white, a two-tailed lion rampant red, claws and tongue yellow, crowned yellow. In escutcheon, fessed, ten pieces of yellow and red. Proportions are 2:3.
The lion is the lion of the county of Limburg, and in escutcheon are the arms of the old county of Loon. The flag was adopted by the provincial council on May 8, 1996, and approved by the Flemish government on October 29, 1996.

Filip Van Laenen, 19 March 1997 

Banner of arms (unofficial)

[Limburg banner of arms]from the Shipmate site, with permission

In silver, lion rampant gules, double-tailed, nailed, tongued and crowned or.

Filip van Laenen

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Limburg]

Adopted in 1996.

With the two mascottes of Hasselt (provincial capital) and Tongeren (oldest town in Belgium: Atuatica Tungrorum, home town of Ambiorix, Eburon king who challenged and fought Julius Caesar).

Rik Beijnsberger, 12 December 1998

Provincial colours (unofficial)

The colours were taken from the arms. These colours were not fixed. Various sources give different designs, but two main sets can be compiled.

  • A chart called Vlaggen der Belgische Provincies - Drapeaux des Provinces Belges (Flags of the Belgian Provinces). This is not dated, but to judge from the font face used, it is from the 1920s or 1930s.

[Limburg provincial colours #1]by Mark Sensen

  • Some Dutch atlases and books about the provinces show another set, published by Rudi Koot in Vexilla Nostra [vxn] #185 (1993) p. 32-33

[Limburg provincial colours #2]by Mark Sensen

Provincial Governor's honorary flag

[Governor's flag]by Mark Sensen

Former flag

[Governor's former flag]by Mark Sensen

I have some xerox copies of sheets which seam to come from a book (bilingual Dutch and French) containing regulations (for the Navy maybe?). It contains a sheet with the honorary flags of the governors of the provinces, adopted by Order in Council of 28 October 1936.
It includes a construction sheet. The flags are 150x150 cm. Each stripe is 50 cm. The shields are 43.5 cm. wide and 50 cm. high excluding 3.75 cm for the point of the shield. The shields are in the center of the black stripe.

Mark Sensen, 27 January 2001

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