The country of Liechtenstein is a tiny principality formed in 1719 which became independent in 1866. The modern flag of Liechtenstein consists of a blue stripe over a red stripe with a gold crown in the upper left-hand corner.
The original flag of Liechtenstein was the prince’s flag, also known as the flag of the Princely House of Lichtenstein. It was a bold, gold-colored stripe on the top half of the flag with a red stripe on the bottom portion of the flag. This design was the official flag of the country from 1719 until 1952.
The second flag of Lichtenstein had a design with two vertical stripes. The left stripe was red, and the right stripe was royal blue. This flag was declared the official flag of the principality of the country from 1852 until 1921.
From 1921 through 1937, the flag of this country’s design was a blue horizontal line over a solid red line. This colorful flag became the official flag of the country when a new constitution was enacted. When Liechtenstein participated in the 1935 Olympics, it was discovered that their flag was quite similar in design to that of Haiti. A gold crown was added to the design of the flag in 1937. This blue and red striped flag with the crown in the upper left-hand corner remains the flag of the Principality of Lichtenstein to this day.
Many country’s flags colors and symbols are symbolic of the identity and characteristics of the country, and Liechtenstein is no exception to this rule. The blue stripe in the flag represents the clear, blue Liechtenstein sky while the red represents the burning fires in the fireplaces of the homes of the families of the country. The crown on the flag can be described as either gold or yellow. The crown in the upper left-hand section represents the solidarity between the people of Lichtenstein and their ruler, the Prince.
The simplicity of the Lichtenstein flag’s design makes it easy to differentiate and identify.