Wales

St David's Day: A Quick History Of The Welsh Flag

Have you ever wondered why the Welsh flag features a dragon? Here's your answer.

To celebrate St David's Day, which is marked on March 1 each year, we've been researching the legend of the iconic Welsh flag.

The dragon you see depicted above comes from a legendary tale, where an epic battle saw good triumph over evil.

"The people of the village watched in terror, awaiting their fate.

The red dragon launched forward and hit the icy dragon's chest with his horn.

The ice dragon howled with rage as the blue blood poured from his chest."

Hear the full incredible story above, as narrated by SAC Simon Pilkington from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Did You Know?

  1. Wales has not one but two emblems; Leeks & Daffodils. This is because the Welsh for leek (the original national emblem) is Cenhinen, while the Welsh for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr. Over the years they became confused until the daffodil was adopted as the second emblem of Wales as a result.
  2. St David was a vegetarian. He and his monks would plough fields and didn't eat meat. In fact, some say his diet was exclusively leeks and water.
  3. St David is famous for the phrase “Gwnewch y pethau bychain” meaning “Do the little things”, which were potentially even his final words.
  4. Welsh servicemen & women are often nicknamed 'Taff' which is also thanks to St David. Taff is derived from the Welsh for David, which is Dafydd.
  5. Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country. The largest is Caerphilly, and that's the second largest castle in Europe behind Windsor Castle.

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