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Celle County (Germany)

Landkreis Celle, Lower Saxony

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[Celle County (Lower Saxony, Germany)] 2:3 image by Stefan Schwoon, 2 Feb 2001
Flag adopted 19 Oct 1964 See also:

Celle county

A flag version of the arms. The flag is shown in Erich Dieter Linder, Die Flaggen deutscher Landkreise (Flags of German counties), in Der Flaggenkurier no. 2, 1996, pp. 4-10. The format there is 2:3. Illustration based on the picture at this website. Flag adopted 19 Oct 1964, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website, arms adopted 24 Aug 1928 according to Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website.
The flag and arms of Celle has a striking relation to the Danish arms [shown at the International Civic Arms website]. Apparently one of the Dukes of Brunswick-Luneburg (one of whose residences was Celle) married a Danish princess in the 15th century and henceforth added the Danish hearts to their arms.
Stefan Schwoon, 2 Feb 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: The arms were granted on 24 August 1928. The arms are derived from the arms of the Dukes of Celle-Lüneburg, a branch of the Welfen dynasty. The Dukes used the arms with the lion and the field scattered with hearts. In the arms of the county the number of hearts has been reduced to one!.
Literature: Stadler 1964, p.23

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