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The colours of the Maltese flag, red and white, deriving from part of the pennant of the Hautevilles, were said to have been given to Malta by Count Roger the Norman in 1090 in thanks for the hospitality shown to him when he came to expel the Arabs. The red fimbriated George Cross in the canton was added in 1943 after the medal was awarded to the island to ''bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people' during the great siege it underwent in the early parts of WW2'.

A blue canton behind the cross was dropped in 1964 when Malta became independent after 150 of British rule. The Maltese cross is derived from, and the symbol of the Order of the Knights of St John, the organization that ruled Malta from 1530 until 1798, the year that Malta was conquered by Napoleon. Malta was ceded to Britain in 1814, and the current flag is derived from the flag used at that time.

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