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
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