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The Barbados National Flag

The Barbados Flag
The Barbados Flag

The Composition

The National Flag of Barbados is made up of (3) vertical panels the outer panels are ultramarine which represents the sea and sky of Barbados.
The center panel of gold represents the sand on its beaches with a broken Trident in the middle of the flag.
This Trident symbolizes the trident of the mythical Sea God Neptune and appeared in the seal of the colony, which was replaced by the Barbados Coat of Arms.
The broken Trident in the National Flag represents the breaking away of its Historical and Constitutional ties as a former colony.

The Designer

Grantley Prescod - Designer of the Flag of Barbados
Grantley Prescod
1926 - 2003
Designer of the
Flag of Barbados

The Barbados National Flag was designed by Grantley W. Prescod who was born in 1926. It was chosen from a Government organized open competition of 1,029 entries of which gained him a gold medal. Mr Prescod attended the St. Barnabus Boys School, taught for a while then took a one year course during 1962-63 at the West of England College of Art for Specialist Teachers of Art. He also received a certificate in Education from Bristol University and later during 1970-72 went after the Master of Education Degree majoring in Art Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Mr. Prescod died on November 12, 2003

Code of Etiquette

Other Flags

Governor Generals Flag
Governor General's Flag

Naval Ensign of Barbados
Naval Ensign of Barbados


Barbados Flags Before Independence

Pre-Independence Flags of Barbados / Colonial Flags

Flag of Barbados 1885
Flag of Barbados
1885 and before

Flag of Barbados 1885-1958
Flag of Barbados
1885 - 1958

Flag of Barbados 1958-1966
Flag of Barbados
1958 - 1966 (Independence)

Barbados Seal of the Colony
The Seal of the Colony
Barbados Colonial Badge
Colonial Badge


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