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The Flag of Orkney was the winner of a public flag consultation in February and March 2007.[2][3] In the flag consultation the people of Orkney were asked for their preferred design from a short list of 5,[4] all of which had been approved by the Court of the Lord Lyon. The chosen design was that of Duncan Tullock of Birsay, which polled 53% of the 200 votes cast by the public.[5]

Orkney
2007 Flag of Orkney.svg
UseCivil flag
Proportion8:11
Adopted2007
DesignA yellow-fimbriated blue Nordic cross on a red field
Designed byDuncan Tullock
Photograph of the flag flying in Stromness
Shortlist of competing flag designs, 2007[1]

The colours red and yellow are from the Scottish and Norwegian royal coats of arms, which both use yellow and red, with a lion rampant. The flag symbolises the islands' Scottish and Norwegian heritage. The blue is taken from the flag of Scotland and also represents the sea and the maritime heritage of the islands.

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Former flag of OrkneyEdit

In 2001, the previous unofficial flag of Orkney, the traditional flag of St Magnus, was declined recognition by the Lord Lyon, the heraldic authority of Scotland, due to similarity with other national flags.[5]

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