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The flag of Thailand (more...) consists of five horizontal bands of red (top), white, blue (double width), white, and red. In 1917 the flag was changed again. King Rama VI, who originally used the red and white striped flag as the national flag, was suggested by a columnist of the Bangkok Daily Mail Newspaper that a central stripe of red should be changed to blue. The reasons for the changing were that blue was the colors of the King and the red white blue colored flag, which was similar to the national flags of alliances, would remind the participation of Thailand in the World War I. The King agreed with this idea and declared the Flag Act B.E. 2460 (1917) stating that the red white blue colored flag, which was known as Trairanga (tricolor) Flag, was the national flag of Thailand.

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