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Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
adopted 5 Jul 1990.
Description: Diagonally divided of red and white, with in white St. Martin.
This flag was adopted 27 Apr 1948 by resolution of Mayor and Aldermen. The oldest picture of this banner is by Joost van Atteveldt, in the year 1648. However already in 1537 Emperor Charles V, jealous of the saint, who reminded him of the Bishop of Utrecht, ordered that Mr. Willem van Noert should remove the image of St. Martin from the Utrecht CoA, or overpaint it with white paint. The image of van Atteveldt was already 200 years or more old, so this is probably one of the oldest documented flags of the Netherlands. Mayor and Aldermen, however, ordinarily use a flag with an empty white field. The real citybanner, in use since the citizens of Utrecht presented it on 5 May 1956, does have the image of St. Martin.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].