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Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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[Aberdeenshire] image located by Jason Saber, 22 April 2023

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Flag of Aberdeenshire now listed on the UK Flag registry at

Flag Date: 22nd April 2023
Flag Designer: Tristan Davidson and (a joint entry from) Eliana, Iris, Meryn & Zar
UK Design Code: UNKG7467
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Gold 1375, Purple 260, White
Certification: Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow
Notes: The white castle represents both the Aberdeenshire’s sobriquet as Scotland’s ‘Castle Country’ but also Balmoral specifically, whose royal association is referenced by the inclusion of a crown. The golden-orange colour recalls that of ripening barley, with the county hosting a quarter of the nation’s arable land, and whisky that some of this is turned into. The purple symbolises the heather on the mountains.
Blazon: Per pale Tenné and Purpure, a castle Argent charged with a crown counter-changed of the field

Jason Saber, 25 April 2023

[Aberdeenshire] image located by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 April 2023

The unveiling of the flag is documented in The Press and Journal. However, in the flags seen in presented photos and video, the "golden-orange" colour looks as if it inclines more towards yellow than orange - certainly more so than in the images presented during the selection process. The final definition of colours, of course, are presented in the registration by the Flag Institute.

Tomislav Todorovic, 23 April 2023

Flag Competition

On 2022-09-07, the competition for the flag of Aberdeenshire was announced:

The shortlist of five proposals was announced on 2022-12-01 and offered for voting, on- and off-line:

The voting closes on 2022-12-31 and the winner will be announced in early 2023.

Tomislav Todorovic, 2 December 2022