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by Pascal Vagnat
The municipal flag of Versailles is divided horizontally white over blue in a ratio of about 1:3. It is defaced with the arms of the town, namely a shield with three three gold fleurs de lis on a blue field in the base and a double-headed rooster in natural colours on a white field in the chief. The shield is crowned with a mural crown composed of alternating towers and fleurs de lis.
Vincent Morley, 9 October 1999
The colours of the flag are of course those of the coat of arms. This coat of arms is dating back to the Revolution. The three fleurs de lys or on azure reminds that Versailles was a Royal city in the past. The actual design of the coat of arms is by the French heraldist Robert Louis.
Pascal Vagnat, 11 October 1999
The coat of arms of Versailles was adopted in September 1789. The double-headed roaster issuant symbolizes the burgeoning freedom. Fleurs-de-lys were logically added in chief since Louis XVI was still King of France when the arms were created. The coat of arms was painted on the flag used by the National Guards in Versailles.
There are in fact slightly different versions of the municipal flag:
Ivan Sache & Pascal Vagnat, 18 June 2004
by Pascal Vagnat
Some of the municipal flags recently seen in Versailles have the upper part of the coat of arms light blue instead of white. This is the case on the greater flag hoisted in front of the city hall. We guess that several flags were recently changed together. Why light blue instead of white? It might be a manufacturer's mistake or someone's choice in the municipality.
Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 18 June 2004Red dog casino