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The Red Dragon


The Red Dragon, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
The origin of the Welsh Dragon is uncertain but its earliest mention dates to around 800 AD when it was linked with Wales in the writings of Nennius. In Welsh mediaeval poetry the dragon became the symbol of Wales.
It was used as a crest by the early Welsh Kings, Arthur, Cadwallon and Cadwalder and at The Battle of Bosworth. Henry Tudor unfurled his standard bearing a red dragon on a green and white background.
In 1901 The Red Dragon was recognised as the Badge of Wales and was added to the Arms of The Prince of Wales.
In 1953 the Dragon was made the official Royal Badge of Wales and after this it became the authorised Welsh National flag.