Last modified: 2002-07-05 by jarig bakker
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Flag adopted: 6 October 1968
The flag was officially hoisted on 30 Oct 1967. It was based on the
flag, granted by king Sobhuza II to the Emasotsha-regiment in 1941. The
flag was, slightly different, hoisted on 25 Apr 1967, when the British
Union flag was hauled down. The bloodred color is the symbol of past struggles;
yellow points at prosperity by the richness in minerals; blue is the color
Source: Pedersen, "Moussault's Lexicon van vlaggen en wapens", 1980
Hoisted for the first time on 25 Apr 1967 on the occasion of the pledge
of the oath by king Sobhuza II; after registration at the London Herald
on 30 Oct 1967 in slightly different form adopted. It is based on the flag
granted by the king to Swazi pioneer corps of the Second World War in 1941.
The Swazi oxhide-shield belongs to the Emasotsha regiment.
Source: Rabbow, "DTV-lexikon politischer Symbole", 1970
Jarig Bakker, 2 Mar 2001
The National Arms
The two supporters are the symbols of power for the King (lion) and the Queen-mother (elephant). The shield is a typical Nguni shield used in the country. The weapons on the shield are typical local weapons. The colour of the shield is derived from the King's own regiment. Siyinqaba means: We are the fortress/"We are a tower of strength"
Ralf Hartemink, 14 Jan 2002