Flag Of Quebec Province
January 21, 2012 by staff
Flag Of Quebec Province, The flag of Quebec, called the Fleurdelisé, was adopted for the province by the government of Quebec, during the administration of Maurice Duplessis. It was the first provincial flag officially adopted in Canada, first shown on January 21, 1948, at the Parliament Building of the National Assembly in Quebec City. Quebec’s Flag Day-January 21-commemorates its adoption each year, though for some time it was celebrated in May. At least one parade marked the flag’s 60th anniversary in January 2008.
Article 2 of An Act respecting the flag and emblems of Québec confers the status of “national emblem” to the flag of Québec.
The fleurdelisé takes its white cross from the ancient royal flags of France and its white fleurs-de-lis and blue field from a banner honouring the Virgin Mary reputedly carried by French-Canadian militia at General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm’s victory at Carillon (now Ticonderoga, New York). Contrary to popular belief, the fleurs-de-lis are not taken from the banner of the kings of France, who used golden fleurs-de-lis. The white fleurs-de-lis on Quebec’s flag are symbols of purity, which originally represented the Virgin Mary. The flag is blazoned Azure, a cross between four fleurs-de-lis argent.
The flag’s official ratio is 2:3 (width to length), but the flag is very often seen as a 1:2 variant to match the flag of Canada in size when flying together.
The Act concerning the flag and emblems of Quebec states that “in all cases, the flag of Quebec has precedence over any other flag or emblem.” Presumably, this would include the flag of Canada, which, under federal protocol, takes precedence when both are flown.
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