flag patch Lesotho
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Backpackflag/Flag Patch Lesotho
Size: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)
The flag of Lesotho is divided into three diagonal stripes - the largest stripe on the left is white; the center stripe is blue; and the right-hand stripe is green. In the upper left corner of the Lesotho flag and white stripe is a light brown emblem of a traditional shield - which is a part of the country's coat of arms.
History: The Lesotho flag was adopted on January 19, 1987, after a military coup, replacing the flag that was adopted when Lesotho gained independence from Britain on October 4, 1966. The country also changed its name from Basutoland on this date.
Interesting Facts: It is believed that Lesotho's old flag wasn't used after the coup because it identified too closely with the deposed Basotho National Party BNP, who had led the country since independence and incorporated its colors of red, white, blue and green. (source: worldflags101)