Trinidad and Tobago
All of our printed Trinidad and Tobago flags are made by a process called Dye Sublimation. This process impregnates the fibres of the fabric, the result is a flag that has very accurate colour, and importantly the design appears clearly on both sides of the flag. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.
Under British control the first flag of Trinidad was a British blue ensign. Adopted in 1875 it featured the Union Flag in the top left hand corner and the Trinidad badge in the centre right.
The Trinidad badge featured a boat on the ocean with mountains behind and the motto “SHE IS CONTENT TO MAKE TREATIES AND UNITE PEOPLE”. When Tobago was annexed in 1889 to create Trinidad and Tobago the badge and British blue ensign remained the same.
In 1962 the United Kingdom granted Trinidad and Tobago independence and a new flag was adopted. The new flag featured a plain red field with a diagonal white-boarded black band. The red symbolises the sun, courage and fire, the black line represents the earth and the white border represents equality.
The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago
The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago was adopted in 1962.
It features a shield split in two by a white border. The top area depicts two hummingbirds on a black background and the lower area shows the three ships of Christopher Columbus on a red background. Left of the shield is the scarlet ibis and to the right is the cocrico, above is a helmet with a palm tree and ship’s wheel and below is the island in the water with a banner reading “TOGETHER WE ASPIRE, TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE”.
The Flag of the President of Trinidad and Tobago
The Flag of the President of Trinidad and Tobago is a plain blue field with a golden coat of arms surrounded by laurel branches.
The Flag of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
The flag of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago is a white ensign with the national flag in the top left corner and the national coat of arms centre right.
The Naval Ensign of Trinidad and Tobago
The Naval Ensign of Trinidad and Tobago is a white field with a red cross and the national flag in the top left corner.
The Royal Standard of Trinidad and Tobago
The Royal Standard of Trinidad and Tobago was the Queen’s personal flag and took its design from the coat of arms.
It features two hummingbirds on a black background and the three ships of Christopher Columbus on a red background split by a white line. In the centre of the flag is the personal emblem of the Queen.