Official flag of Northern Ireland
The flag was introduced in 1953 but is a banner of arms which
had been used by the Northern Ireland government since 1925.
The arms of Northern Ireland were based on those of Ulster
but the yellow field was changed to white, giving a design
identical to the St George's Cross - the historical flag of
England. The red hand of the O'Neills appears on a six-pointed
star, representing the six counties which comprise Northern
Ireland, and the crown emphasises the region's status as part
of the United Kingdom.