The Maltese flag was officially adopted on 21 September 1964, Malta’s Independence Day.

The flag consists of two equal vertical stripes, white in the hoist and red in the fly, with a representation of the George Cross in the top left corner. The George Cross was added to the Maltese flag because it was presented to the Maltese people by Britain’s King George VI in recognition of exceptional bravery during the Second World War.

The flag can be spotted flying proudly around the Maltese Islands, both on official buildings and on private residences.