Commonwealth flag patch

Commonwealth flag patch

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Size: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)

The Commonwealth Flag consists of the Commonwealth Symbol in gold on a blue background centred on a rectangle. The symbol consists of a tilted globe, from which 34 spears radiate, forming the letter 'C' for Commonwealth.

Meaning: The radiating spears do not represent the number of countries in the Commonwealth but symbolise the many facets of Commonwealth co-operation around the world. The symbol is used on all official documentation and, sometimes in association with other specially developed logos, for the documents and logos of all Commonwealth Meetings.

History: The Commonwealth symbol was originally designed by the Gemini News Service, London in 1972 and approved by the first Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr Arnold Smith C.H. In 2000 the previous Secretary-General, Rt Hon Don McKinnon, approved a new design that is now in use in place of the original designs.

Facts: The flag is flown at Marlborough House, London, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, throughout the year and for a limited period at other venues where Commonwealth Meetings are held or when other Commonwealth events / visits are taking place, for example Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.

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