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Prince George's County
Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland (1963–present).svg
Names Prince Georgian flag, P.G. County flag
Use Other Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1963; 58 years ago (1963)
Design A three-foot by five-foot white field, with a four inch-thick red cross atop it. In the canton is a rendition of the Prince George's County seal from 1958.

The current flag of Prince George's County, Maryland, was adopted in 1963, replacing one that had been in use since 1696. It is a 3 parts tall by 5 parts wide white field with a red St. George's cross atop it, with the seal of Prince George's County in the canton. Though official regulation states that the flag use the former county seal that was used from 1958 to 1971, in practice most flags that are manufactured and used by the county government itself use the current county seal, which was introduced in 1971.

History

Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland (1963-1971)
The Prince George's County flag with the 1958-specification county seal, as specified by the county code. Actually-manufactured flags that follow the county code's definition are quite rare and most ones instead use the 1971-introduced seal.
Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland (1696-1963)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned The Prince George's County flag from 1696 to 1963.

The flag's origins date back to 1696, when Prince George's County was first created and under English rule. The flag was used by horsemen and colonial foot soldiers and consisted of a red St. George's Cross on a white field. The red cross of St. George was a symbol of Christian martyrdom since its first use during the Crusades.

Modifications

In 1963, the Prince George's County seal, the current one at the time then designed in November 1958, was added into the flag's canton to distinguish it from other flags.

Design

The flag is a three-by-five white field with a red cross centered atop it, with the county seal in the canton.

Specification

The flag as defined by the Prince George's County code is stipulated to utilize the 1958-specification county seal, which was replaced in 1971. However, most flags actually manufactured and used by the county government itself do not follow the county code's definition and rather utilize the current county seal, introduced in 1971. The differences between the 1958 seal and the 1971 one are that the former lacks an apostrophe in "George's" and uses a letter "V" instead of a letter "U".

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