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Specifications and Construction Sheet (Gibraltar, United Kingdom)

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[Civil and State Flag (Gibraltar, United Kingdom)] 1:2
image by Martin Grieve, 03 Apr 2005, based on official models supplied by Peter Canessa
Flag adopted 8th Nov 1982, coat-of-arms adopted 10th Jul 1502

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I am a trustee of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust and have published a few articles on the Internet regarding Gibraltar's history etc. (...) Believe me I am ashamed to see that at least 98% of the flags waved in Gibraltar are not the proper one. The correct one corresponds with the original Deed of Arms (scan here) granted by Queen Isabella and King Alfonso to the then Spanish Gibraltar in 1502.

Tito Vallejo, 13 Jun 2002

I find very unconvincing the notion that the flag of Gibraltar must conform to the rendering of the Gibraltar arms in a 15th century Castilian grant. First of all, the argument is counter-heraldic; differing representations of a coat of arms can be equally correct provided they conform to the written blazon, and details not specified, such as the color of masoning, are at the artist's discretion. Secondly, the UK being the UK, I would bet that there exists a detailed specification and construction sheet of the official Gibraltar flag somewhere in some government office in London. That specification would be the authoritative source for determining the correct official design of the flag.

Joseph McMillan, 14 Jun 2002

I enclose the correct flag and arms of Gibraltar (the versions used by the Government of Gibraltar), including the following colour guides:

Gibraltar Flag & Crest Colour Guides
  Four-colour process:
        Red0% Cyan100% Magenta100% Yellow0% Black
        Amber0% Cyan41% Magenta89% Yellow0% Black
        Black0% Cyan0% Magenta0% Yellow100% Black
  Pantone colours:
        BlackProcess Black C
  RGB / screen colours:

Peter Canessa (Tercentenary Events Director, Government of Gibraltar), 17 Nov 2003

Interestingly enough, the image sent by Mr Canessa almost exactly matches the castle and key as shown in the Schedule (Article 2) attached to the Merchant Shipping (Gibraltar Colours) Order - No. 281 - effective 19 March 1996.

Christopher Southworth, 18 Nov 2003

The design and construction details are based on the model sent to Rob Raeside (in November 2003) by Peter Canessa (Tercentenary Events Director, Government of Gibraltar), who also recommended Red 485C, Amber 143C and Process Black in the Pantone Matching System.

Martin Grieve, 03 Apr 2005

I think we may safely assume that the current simplified castle as shown on the official model (that is with no stonework and upright walls) was based upon that of the Civil Ensign, which was in part firmly rooted in the grant of 1502? The officially recommended shade of red for all British flags is 186C, and I would suggest that this should be followed for Gibraltar. For the flags of UK Dependent Territories, I would suggest the British recommended shades of red and blue - red PMS 186C and blue PMS 280C - there are no recommendations for the arms.

Christopher Southworth, 03 and 04 Mar 2005