Flag of British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom)
Country CodesVG, VGB
Official NameBritish Virgin Islands
ContinentNorth America
CapitalRoad Town
Government TypeBritish Overseas Territory
CurrencyUnited States Dollar (USD)
Calling Code+1-284
Member OfN/A (Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom)
PopulationApproximately 30,000
Total Area153 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Sage (521 meters, 1709 feet)
Lowest PointCaribbean Sea (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per Capita$34,200
Life ExpectancyApproximately 79 years
Internet TLD.vg

British Virgin Islands National Anthem

God Save The King

God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On him be pleased to pour,
Long may he reign.
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the King.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the British Virgin Islands Flag

The flag of the British Virgin Islands is deeply rooted in the territory’s colonial history and relationship with the United Kingdom. Adopted on November 15, 1960, the flag features the Union Jack in the upper left corner, symbolizing its connection with Britain, and a defaced Blue Ensign with the territory’s coat of arms.

The coat of arms, which is a significant feature of the flag, includes Saint Ursula surrounded by twelve lamps. These lamps represent the 11,000 virgins associated with the legend of Saint Ursula, a story that is also the basis for the islands’ name. The green and blue waves below the saint symbolize the Caribbean Sea and the rich greenery of the islands.

The British Virgin Islands flag’s design has remained consistent since its adoption, reflecting the territory’s status as a British Overseas Territory. The use of the Union Jack highlights the enduring relationship with the United Kingdom, while the territory’s coat of arms on the flag represents its unique culture and history.

The flag is a symbol of pride for the British Virgin Islands, representing both its colonial past and its current status as an autonomous region within the framework of the British Crown. It is flown on government buildings and used in official ceremonies, embodying the identity and heritage of the British Virgin Islands.