The Flag of Rhodesia
) changed many times as a result of political changes in the country.
Prior to 1953, the then Southern Rhodesia
followed British colonial
practice, by using a Blue Ensign
with the Union Flag
in the canton and the shield from the colony's coat of arms in the fly.
In 1953, Southern Rhodesia federated with Northern Rhodesia
as the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
. The flag of that federation was used
until 31 December 1963 when the federation was dissolved. Less than a year after the break-up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland became independent as Zambia
. Southern Rhodesia became known simply as Rhodesia
. In April 1964 Rhodesia adopted a light air force
ensign with the shield from the coat of arms of Rhodesia
in the fly. This was the first time the lighter shade of blue ensign was used by a British colony, although Fiji
both adopted the colour after independence.
Following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence
(UDI) on November 11, 1965, the flag was retained, but three years later on the anniversary of UDI it was replaced by a green and white flag (similar to that of Nigeria
) with the full coat of arms
in the centre. On March 2, 1970, the country was declared a republic
. Throughout this time, Britain refused to recognise Rhodesia's independence and maintained that the light-blue ensign was the official flag of the country.
In 1979, the country became... Read More