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[Royal Lesotho flag] by Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000, retouched by Zeljko Heimer, 7 Apr 2002 See also:

Lesotho Royal Standard 1987 -

A new Royal Standard was also introduced following the adoption of new national flag. This has the full coat of arms in the canton, and is described officially as being a rectangular tricolor three by two, per bend reversed, white, blue and green, the white occupying half the surface area of the flag and charged, with the centre line one quarter of the distance from the hoist with the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Lesotho, proper; the blue and green each occupying half the remaining surface area of the flag.
Bruce Berry, 19 February 1998

By the time Crampton's 1989 "Complete Guide to Flags" was published, Lesotho's national flag had changed to the current model, and the royal standard followed suite. Crampton also gives further detail on the Arms:
"Royal standard. As national [flag], but with the whole arms in colour in the canton." ... "Behind the shield are its spine and a spear and knobkerrie (a stick used as a club by tribesmen)."
Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000

Royal Standard. 2:3
This flag is similar to the national flag, in which the emblem is replaced with the national coat of arms.
Source: Album 2000.
Zeljko Heimer, 7 Apr 2002

IIRC we saw an actual sample of a Lesotho Royal Standard at the ICV in York brought by Bruce Berry. The CoA was decidedly different from what we usually see in the books and what we see in Santiago's/Zeljko's gif. The outlines were the same, but the colours were quite different. I have to find the relevant slide for more definitive info, though.
Marcus Schmöger, 7 Apr 2002


Lesotho Royal Standard 1966-1987

[Lesotho Royal Standard 1966-1987] by Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000

Bruce Berry stated: "The Royal Standard is similar to the [1966-1987] National Flag, but has the Arms in the centre, with the hat [that's the white device on the former flag] above. These [Arms] are an African shield of traditional shape, in yellow, charged with a brown crocodile. The shield is supported by two brown ponies, and stands on a representation of Thaba Bosiu, the Mountain of Night, the stronghold of King Moshoeshoe I, with the motto Khotso, Pula, Nala in red letters on a gold scroll. This means 'Peace, Rain, Plenty' [in Tswana language]."
Source: Barraclough and Crampton's 1981 "Flags of the World", pp. 151 and 152.
Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000


Lesotho Royal Standard 1966-1987, wrong version

[Lesotho Royal Standard 1966-1987, wrong version] by Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000

Smith's Flags Through the Ages and Across the World (1975) shows the "Royal flag" as very similar to the 1966-1987 national flag, but with a much larger hat device and the Arms *on*, not below, it. Smith however uses the FIAV symbol for a "reconstructed flag (design based on written sources only)", so he might not be in this instance fully reliable. About the Arms he says:

"The original coat of arms design drafted prior to independence bore a representation on its shield of Moshoeshoe I. Heraldic experts in South Africa advised that this was improper. Instead, the personal symbol of the king and his dynasty, a crocodile, was substituted. Immediately below the shield is a representation of Thaba Bosiu (Mountain of Night) where Moshoeshoe I first rallied his nation in the new homeland and where in 1870 he was buried." Source: Smith 1975, see above, page 251.

Smith in "Flags and Arms across the World", 1985 proves that that was certainly a mistake, for the royal flag is here shown as described by Crampton 1981 (see above), with the hat device being approximately 9/40ths as high as the flag, and the Arms below it about 4/11ths.
Santiago Dotor, 24 Feb 2000


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