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Flag of the Governor of Gibraltar - Image by Martin Grieve, 4 April 2005
The gold ring around the disk on the Governor's flag was originally added at the insistence of the Government of Gibraltar to correspond with the grant of arms of 1502, and was subsequently added to those of other Governors in error. Having become the accepted pattern, the gold ring was retained when the diameter of the central disk and garland were increased in the 1999 revisions [gra00] to the 1989 Edition of Flags of All Nations BR20 [hms89a] (these last having provided the pattern for the current Governor's Flag shown above).
Martin Grieve, 4 April 2005
The colour of the castle was changed to red in the 1999 revisions - it is quite likely (but by no means certain) that it was to bring the Governor's flag into line with the 1995 civil ensign and/or the civil flag, or maybe because the 1936 Warrant showed it thus, or possibly because Gibraltar so requested it?
Christopher Southworth, 5 April 2005
Flag of the Governor of Gibraltar, 1982-1999 and badge detail - Images by Martin Grieve, 4 April 2005, after a scan provided by David Prothero
The castle was originally intended to be grey/natural stone (and is so illustrated and described by a number of sources), however, it is shown as gold in the 1939 Flaggenbuch [neu39], as it is in the 1955 Edition of Flags of All Nations BR20 [hms55] (possibly Part II of 1958 [hms58]), and in Change No. 5 (1999) [gra00] to the Edition of 1989 [hms89a]. This last did, of course, establish the present size and style of defacement, and is repeated in the current (2005) Edition.
David Prothero & Martin Grieve, 7 April 2005
Government ensign of Gibraltar and badge detail - Images by Martin Grieve, 7 April 2005, after a scan provided by David Prothero