Island's flag is a Blue Ensign with the island's Coat of Arms
in the fly. The design was suggested by the Pitcairn Island Council
in December 1980 and approved by HM The Queen in April 1984. The flag
was flown on Pitcairn for the first time in May 1984, during a visit by
the Governor the late Sir Richard Stratton.
British Blue Ensign, incorporating the Union Flag or Union Jack in the
hoist, indicates Pitcairn Island’s historical association with Great
The shield of the island's coat of arms features the anchor and bible
from HMS Bounty.
The anchor represents the island’s maritime history and the bible
symbolises the island’s Christian heritage and the religious community
that evolved from it.
The divided shield symbolises the island (green) rising out of the
Pacific Ocean (blue).
Surmounting the shield is a helmet crested with a Pitcairn Island
wheelbarrow carrying a flowering slip of miro (a local plant). The
wheelbarrow and plant symbolise the island's agriculture.
The description of Pitcairn's Coat of Arms, which was granted by Royal
Warrant dated 4th November 1969: "Azure on a Pile in base Vert
fimbriated Or a representation of the Bounty Bible proper and in base
of the Anchor of H.M.S. Bounty Or. And for the Crest on a Wreath Or and
Vert on a Mount Vert a representation of the Pitcairn Island
Wheelbarrow in front of a Slip of Miro leaved and fructed proper."