Flag of British Antarctic Territory
British Antarctic Territory
Adopted 1963
Designed by (unknown)
Proportions 1:2

The flag of the British Antarctic Territory is a navy blue British ensign with a white background defaced with the coat of arms for the British Antarctic Territory.


The arms consist of a shield bearing a flaming torch on a wavy background representing the sea. The dexter supporter is a golden lion, representing the United Kingdom. The sinister supporter is an Emperor penguin, representing the native wildlife in the territory. The lion stands on a compartment of grass, while the penguin stands on a compartment of ice. The crest is a representation of the RRS Discovery, the research ship used by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first journey to the Antarctic.

The motto is “Research and Discovery”, reflecting the aims of the British Antarctic Survey. [1]



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