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Tahiti (Winward Islands, French Polynesia): Royal flags

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Royal flags, c. 1840

Queen Pomare's flag is red with a white star in the centre, above it a yellow crown within a green garland.

Another royal flag has red-white-red, 1+2+1 stripes and has a large wreath made of two palm leaves crossed at the bottom with both ends to the hoist. This wreath overlaps onto the red stripes. Within the wreath nearly touching the upper red stripe is a golden crown. This is the Royal flag, possibly used at sea, since it is labelled Pavillon royal tahitien. It was in use around 1843.

A later flag shows a similar emblem but with the words VICTORIA EX POMARE (Victory from or out of Pomare) surrounding a slightly different wreath at the bottom (exactly running from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock), the EX completely within the bottom red stripe. As the flag was in use from 8 January until 24 December 1846 I assume it was a war flag. From February 1844 until December 1846 there was a civil war in Tahiti.

Sources: The Flag Bulletin [tfb] III-2; Vexillinfo [vxf] VII/1982

Ralf Stelter, 27 January 2001