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Hainaut [Province of] (Belgium)

Last modified: 2002-11-30 by ivan sache
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Only two Belgian provinces haven't adopted officially a flag: Hainaut and Liège.

Pascal Vagnat, 30 May 1999

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Banner of arms (unofficial)

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

Quartered, left top side and right bottom side, lion rampant sable, tongued and nailed gules, on or; right top and left bottomside lion rampant gules, tongued and nailed azure on or.

Filip van Laenen

Provincial colours

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.

[Hainault 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

[Hainault provincial colours #2]by Mark Sensen

Provincial Governor's honorary flag

[Governor's honorary 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

Rejected proposal of provincial flag

[Rejected proposal]by Ivan Sache

Léon Nyssen, Editor of Vexillacta [vxl], designed a flag proposal for the province of Hainaut and send it to the Provincial authorities on 30 October 2001.

The proposal was described in Vexillacta #15 (March 2002) by Pascal Parent in a paper entitled Deux projets de drapeaux rejetés : Provinces de Hainaut et Liège (Two rejected proposals of flags: Provinces of Hainaut and Liege).

The flag proposal is a transposition of the provincial arms. It is 2:3, vertically divided, with three vertical stripes yellow-black-red and three horizontal stripes yellow-red-blue.

On 6 December 2001, Governor Michel Tromont informed Léon Nyssen that the Permanent Deputation (the executive government) of the Provincial Council, during its meeting of 15 November 2001, had rejected the proposal and decided to keep the banner of arms as unofficial flag.

Ivan Sache, 22 March 2002

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