The flag of Belgium consists of three
equal vertical bands of black (hoist side), yellow, and red; the design was
based on the flag of France.
Coat of Arms of Belgium
The Coat of Arms of Belgium contains a pair of lions (called the
Belgian Lion, or Leo Belgicus), that are the national symbols of the nation. In
the center is a shield containing a traditional lion symbol. The coat of arms
consists of a jacket that represents the monarchy, inside which are the
aforementioned lions and a banner with the national motto. The national motto is
either L'union fait la force (French) or Eendracht maakt macht
(Dutch), which means Strength lies in unity.
Each lion holds a Flag of Belgium, while the original flags of the individual
9 provinces of Belgium (now there are 10) rise up from behind the royal coat.
The top of the coat contains a crown.
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