Illustration of a flag with a red, yellow and blue stripe with blue text underneath on a white background
The basic design of the Spanish flag was proposed by King Charles III in 1785. King Charles III wanted to further differentiate the Spanish war ensign from other European countries such as France, Tuscany and Sicily. The current flag consists of two horizontal red stripes on the top and bottom and a yellow stripe in the center. The coat of arms of Spain including the Royal Crown is positioned left of center on the yellow stripe. Red and yellow are traditional Spanish colors that originate from the coat of arms of the original Spanish kingdoms.