Colours on the Welsh Flag

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Why is there green and white on the Welsh flag?

Why does the Welsh flag have a green and white background behind the deep red of the dragon? Eddie Butler explores various myths and legends - is it down to links to the Battle of Crecy in 1346 and the wearing of a green and white uniform by the Welsh longbowmen? Or do we go back further to the court of Llywelyn Fawr at Rhoslyr on Anglesey early in the 11th century? Poetry written in celebration of Llywelyn mention a soldier's uniform of green and white.
From: Welsh Icons
First broadcast : 1 March 2011

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 9-11,11-14

Subject : History, Art & Design

Topic : Medieval Wales, Tudors and Stuarts, Art history

Keywords : Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship,Welsh flag, National identity

Notes : Art and design topics - symbolism of colours. History topics - using primary sources, medieval Wales. ESDGC topic - study of national identity


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