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| 2:3~ image by Bruce Berry, 19 February 1998
On independence on 04 October 1966 the Kingdom of Lesotho adopted a new Coat of Arms, a national flag and a Royal Standard. Details of the new symbols were published in the Government Gazette Extraordinary of 30 September 1966 and are as follows:
Whitney Smith explains the colors as: blue - sky and rain, white - peace,
green - land and red - faith. It was officially hoisted on 04 October 1966. The
flag was similar, having a bit smaller hat above the states coats of
Željko Heimer, 1 May 1996
I've always seen the 1966 Lesotho flag in a lighter shade of blue. Did
all the flag charts in Europe make a mistake for so long?
Philippe Bondurand, 19 February 1998
This flag incorporates the colors of the National
Party which led Lesotho to independence and shows a traditional Basuto
hat. The constitution was suspended in 1970 when the National Party refused
to accept the victory of the opposition Congress
Party in the first post-independence elections. A military coup overthrew
the National Party régime in 1986 and the present flag was adopted
a year later. Elections subsequently brought the Congress Party to power.
Illustrations of the flag in books vary in proportion (2:3 or 1:2); in the shade of green and blue; and in the size, shape and position of the hat.
Vincent Morley, 21 February 1997