Flag of Kent
|Names||Invicta Flag, Invicta Flag of Kent|
|Design||Gules, a horse rampant argent|
The Flag of Kent is the flag of the county of Kent, located in south-east England. It features the white horse of Kent on a red background, a theme used in several other Kent related coats of arms and logos or symbols. It is sometimes referred to as the Invicta Flag or Invicta Flag of Kent, after the motto of Kent, Invicta.
The Flag Institute note, in the flag's entry on the UK Flags Register that:
This is the traditional flag of Kent, supposedly based on that of Horsa, the Jute. Horsa was the brother of Hengest, who founded the Kingdom of Kent in 449. The first recorded reference is in 1605.
The flag is an adaptation of the traditional arms of Kent to which the quote refers. These arms refer back to the Kingdom of Kent. It has been used by the Justices of Kent for many years. The arms were officially granted to Kent County Council on 17 October 1933 (and re-confirmed to its successor in 1975). The flag was accepted by the Flag Institute as that of the historic county on the basis of its traditional use.
- "Kent Invicta Flag". The Flag Institute. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Kent Flag". British County Flags. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
It is reported that a white horse was subsequently used by the Justices of Kent for many years, being generally regarded as the emblem of the former kingdom, now Principality and county. Kent County Council, established in 1889, was formally awarded a grant of arms, bearing the white horse, on 17 October 1933