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Flag of Flemish Brabanr - Image by Gerard van der Vaart, 23 August 2000
In the Middle Ages, the main language spoken in Brabant was medieval Dutch, called Dietsch or Thiois, whereas the southern part of the Duchy was
called the "Roman Pays", where several Latin dialects were spoken.
In 1970, the historical Brabant was split into the three newly created regions (Flemish Region, Walloon Region, Brussels), and into the French Community and the Dutch Community. The St. Michel's agreement signed in September 1992 prescribed the division of Brabant into two provinces, the Flemish Brabant and the Walloon Brabant, Brussels being not included in the new provinces. On 30 May 1993, the Federal State, the three Regions and the two Communities signed a cooperation agreement.
The province of Brabant was officially replaced by the two provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant on 1 January 1995.
Ivan Sache, 11 March 2006
The flag and arms of the Province of Flemish Brabant were adopted by the Provincial Council on 17 January 1995 and confirmed on 16 April 1996 by the Executive of Flanders. The Decree was signed by Luc Martens, the Minister of Cultur, Family and Welfare.
The arms of the Flemish Brabant are "Sable a lion or armed and langued gules an escutcheon gules a fess
argent, the shield surmonted by a Ducal coronet and supported by two lions or armed and langued gules on a wrought iron or".
The escutcheoh is the coat of arms of Leuven, the capital of the province, but also the capital of the old Duchy of Lotharingia.
The flag is a banner of the provincial arms; in practice, the lion is shown dark yellow/orange.
Source: M. Lupant. Flags and coat of arms of the Kingdom of Belgium [lup98]
Ivan Sache, 11 March 2006
Honorary flag of the Governor of Flemish Brabant - Image by Mark Sensen, 27 January 2001
The honorary flags of the Province Governors were adopted by Council Order on 28 October 1936. They are shown with construction details on a book (bilingual Dutch and French) containing regulations (for the Navy?). Each flag is a square version of the Belgian national flag with the respective province arms in the center of the black stripe. The flag is 150 x 150 cm, therefore each stripe is 50 cm in width. The shield is 43.5 cm in width and 50 cm in height, excluding 3.75 cm for the point of the shield.
After the split of Brabant, the flag of the Governor of Flemish Brabant was designed according to the 1936 template.
Mark Sensen, 27 January 2001