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Until 1866
Andorra flag
Until 1866, the Principality of Andorra had no official flag, but used frequently a sign, (mixing a medevial Catalan and House of Foix), generally vertical stripes (sometimes in large horitzontales). Various sources mention it as flag of country, but no official document to prove it. Some documents indicate that Napoleon might have given these colors in 1806.

Andorra flag  1866
From 1866, a flag (mixing French and Catalan flags colors) was officially established. According Aufrere, Napolon III gave it to the Co-Principality.

From 1866 until 1931
Andorra flag from 1866 until 1931
The vertical version is sometimes presented with a badge which featured some variation depending on the place of manufacture (Catalonia or France).

Andorra flag's varations
Variations of the flag of the Principality
depending of the place of manufacture.
Andorra flag's varations

From 1931 until 1939
Andorra flag from 1931 until 1939
During this period, the flag was used indifferently with or without central shield and the colors horizontally or vertically.

Flag of Andorra: Varations

During the reign of Boris I (Boris Skossyreff)

Drapeau d'Andorre durant le regne de Boris 1er
July 6, 1934: Baron Boris Skossyreff, who had fled Russia in 1917, and after traveling in many countries, arrived in Andorra where he had intended to proclaim himself king. (He had previously stayed in Andorra).
He obtained the support of a member of the General Council, Pere Riba Torres, who managed to get support from the rest of the House (with the exception of a Councillor). Boris promised freedoms and modernization of the country (at the time very isolated and poor) and money afloat thanks to the establishment of a tax haven and foreign investment.

July 8, 1934: The General Council voted for the monarchy proposed by Boris Skossyreff, who proclaimed himself king and representative of the Crown of France (the duke), who took the opportunity to claim before the courts jurisdiction over Andorra corresponding to the French monarchy. (A law enacted by Napoleon had given the French state in 1806.)

July 8, 1934: Councilor Cinto opposition, (the only one of 24 Councillors), moving to the Bishop of Palai La Seu d'Urgell (one of the co-princes of Andorra), to explain the situaion. France, for its part, gave up to intervene, accepted the decision of the General Council of Andorra.

July 9, 1934: A provisional government was formed. The General Council was converted into Parliament, and announced the future drafting of a constitution. The absolute freedom of political, religious and printing was proclaimed.

July 10, 1934: Parliament revote confidence in the monarchy (23 votes to 1), and popular support seems absolute.

July 14, 1934: A group of Spanish Civil Guard was sent by the bishop of La Seu d'Urgell, and sent Boris first detained. He was then moved to Barcelona and Madrid, and finally deported to Portugal.

From 1939 until 1993
Flag of Andorra from 1939 until 1993
The tricolor with vertical stripes continued to be seen occasionally without shield, but from this period, it became customary to use the version with it to differentiate the national flag from those of Chad and Romania.

From 1993
With the votation of the Constitution in 1993) and with the entry in the United Nations organisation (1994), the official flag was formalized (in 1996): Verical with the bands and the shield in the center of the country.