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Royal flag (Laos)

Lao People's Democratic Republic, Sathalanalat Pasathipatai Pasason Lao, République de'

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[Royal flag of Laos]
by jaume ollé - 1998-JAN-22

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Royal Flag

Royal Flag - detail

[Royal flag of Laos - detail]
by Jaume Ollé image cleaned by Jorge Candeias

Would it be possible for you to research and publish the image and the background of the Royal Lao Flag, prior to the Communist takeover of 1975? It was red with three elephant heads and a design above them in white.
Sean J. Sammut - 11 December 1997

The Royal flag of Lao is different to the national one in the monarchy period. I have a wonderful original drawing from Lucien Philippe.
Jaume Ollé 13 December 1997

The Royal Lao flag is a three headed elepahant referred to as an Erawan. The three headed elaphant actually had the layered "umbrella" looking object over it's heads as opposed to one on either side. I may be fuzzy in my memory but that is what I recall. This depiction almost looks Hindu in nature.
Jim Spears, 07 September 1999

The royal flag of Laos was red with a large centered coa covering most of the flag.

Source: Christian Fogd Pedersen - Flaggor i färg, 1973
Marcus Wendel, 15 September 1999

Editorial Note: The above is one rendition of the Royal flag and arms of Laos. The current arms are located at:

A rendering of the Lao Royal flag used in the period of the Vietnam War, referenced by Sean Sammut and Jim Spears can be seen at (This is a large page).

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