List of flags of the Papacy

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The following is a list of flags used in Vatican City and the Papal States.

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National flag and State flag

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the Vatican City.svg June 8, 1929–present National flag and civil ensign Two fields divided vertically, yellow field on the staff side and a white field on the other side, which bears the tiara and the keys. Ratio: 1:1.

Papal flags

Flag Date Use Description
Papal Pennant of Pope Benedict XVI.svg 2005–2013 Papal pennant With a yellow band at the hoist and Pope Benedict's personal arms in color in the white fly.

Military flag

Flag Date Use Description
Swiss Guard Flag PP Francis-Anrig.png 2013–present Swiss Guard Papal guard flag of 1914, but with the arms of Pope Francis and Commandant Christoph Graf

Historical flags

Flag Date Use Description
1669–1771 Flag with Christ in the cross, St Peter and St Paul.
Flag of None.svg 1771-? Red flag bearing a cross over a stone (near the hoist) and a bear (looking to hoist) at fly.
Flag of the Papal States (pre 1808).svg ?-1808 [1] Red and yellow; two colors traditional of the Roman Senate and People.[1] Similar colors as the modern flag of the City of Rome.
Flag of the Papal States (1808-1870).svg 1808–1929 Yellow and white.
Vatican naval flag.JPG Former naval ensign White flag with a version of the coat of arms of the Holy See between the figures of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Bandiera pontificia" (in Italian). Stato della cità del Vaticano. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-07-09. Anticamente la bandiera dello Stato pontificio era giallorossa (o per meglio dire amaranto e rossa, colori derivati dai colori dello stemma della Santa Sede), i due colori tradizionali del Senato e del Popolo romano, che vennero tuttavia sostituiti con il bianco e il giallo nel 1808, allorché Pio VII

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