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Limburg Province (The Netherlands)

Limburg Provincie (Nederland)

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[Provincial flag of Limburg] Mark Sensen, 4 May 1999


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Description of the flag

The Dutch province were granted a coat of arms by Order in Council of 27 December 1886: quarterly Valkenburg (like Limburg), Gulik, Horne and Gelre, over all on an escutcheon Limburg. In the 19th century for some time an unofficial flag horizontally red over white was used. An official was adopted on 28 July 1958 in the colours of the arms: horizontally white-blue-yellow (2:1:2), over all shifted to the hoist a red lion. The blue stripe represents the River Meuse. Proportions 2:3. (Not 1:2~ as given in Whitney Smiths books!).

Limburg CoA

Limburg CoA International Civic Arms :

"Quarterly; I argent, a lion double queued gules, armed and crowned or; II or a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules; III or, three bugle horns gules, vrioled of argent; IV azure, a lion rampant double-queued or, crowned of the same, langued gules; and an in escutcheon argent, a lion rampant double-queued gules, crowned and armed or. . The shield is crested by a duke's coronet three diadems or, lined gules, turned up with ermine. "

Limburg has a very complicated history. The present (Dutch) province of Limburg was only partly governed by the counts of Limburg. The main part of Limburg is the present day (Belgian) province of Limburg. The arms of Limburg are a red lion on a silver shield. The arms are known since 1208. In 1221 the lion got two tails as the then count was also count of Luxemburg. The arms haven't changed since. The provincial arms show the complicated history with the first quarter being the arms of Valkenburg (a county in the southern part of the province), the second Gulik (a county which owned part in the middle of the province), the third Horn (a county in the western part), and the fourth Gelderland (the northern part) and over all the original arms of Limburg.


1938 Parade flag

Parade flag Limburg Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001

In 1938 Queen Wilhelmina had reigned the Netherlands for 40 years. On that occasion a lot of municipalities paraded in front of HM with their flags, which consisted of the provincial flag with the municipal CoA in the canton (or something...). Those municipal flags can only be considered as 'curiosities', while the status of the provincial flags is not quite clear.

Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001

Historical flag

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