Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island located in the Lesser Antilles and is situated in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. The island is also located within the southern part of the Windward Islands. St. Vincent consists of one main island and the Grenadines consist of several smaller islands that are located south of the St. Vincent and stretch to the island of Grenada.
The country has had several flags in the past beginning with a colonial British flag. This flag was used until 1979 and consisted of a dark blue background with the British flag located in the upper left hand corner and the countries coat of arms on the right side. On October 27, 1979 St. Vincent and the Grenadines became an independent state of the United Kingdom and introduced a new flag. The flag consisted of three equal vertical stripes of blue, yellow and green. The middle stripe was the color yellow, with two narrow white bands on either side, as well as a blue stripe on the left and a green stripe on the right. The coat of arms was situated in the middle of the center yellow strip and was displayed in front of a green breadfruit leaf. The flags design came from a contest within the island in 1967.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines current flag was officially accepted after the country gained it’s independence, on October 21, 1985 and consists of three vertical stripes in the colors of blue, yellow and green. The changes made to the new flag were made by the new government from the original design and previously used flag. The largest stripe is the yellow and is located in the center of the flag, with a blue stripe to the left and a green stripe to the right. There are three green diamonds located in the center of the yellow stripe and are situated to form the letter V, which stands for Vincent. These three diamonds are meant to remember St. Vincent as the “gems of the Antilles”. The color yellow represents the color of the sands of the islands and the color green represents the abundant plant life and vegetation on the island. The color blue represents the color of the sky and the oceans surrounding the islands.