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República Oriental de Uruguay; Oriental Republic of Uruguay

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[Flag of Uruguay]
by Zeljko Heimer, 13 Feb 1996
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Description of the flag

The sun has sixteen rays, straight and wavy alternating.
Dov Gutterman, 13 May 2000, quoting from

National coat of arms

The arms consist of a quartered oval with blue in the first and fourth quarters and white in the second and third. There are scales for justice. The horse and ox represent liberty and plenty. There is a representation of a city on a hill. That city is Montevideo, and it symbolizes strength. The sun is the "Sun of May" first used in Argentina and is derived from its historical ties with what was then the United Provinces of the River Plata. (Sources: [smi80], [tal82] and [cra90])
Calvin Paige Herring, 13 Jun 1998

[The coat of arms shows, i.a., in the presidential flag. Ed.]

My little flag book (French translation of [ing79]) refers to the suns as «Sun of May» for Argentina and «Star of May» for Uruguay. This obviously refers to the same astrological-legendary object, but is there such a difference in Spanish official descriptions?
Tham-Tâm Lê, 16 Dec 1998

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Current cerimonial usage of historical flags

These three flags are the official National Flags of Uruguay:

which almost always are placed together at the official Uruguayan places.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 13 Dec 2001

In a recent visit of the spanish Kings to Uruguay, the Artigas flag, the national flag and the 33 Orientales flag shown togheter (as usual) in official acts and military parades.
Jaume Ollé, 10 Jun 1998