The flag of the British Virgin Islands is a blue field with the Union Jack in the top left corner. On the right side, towards the fly end, there is the coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands.
The coat of arms depicts a green shield with a depiction of Saint Ursula, the patron saint of the islands, holding a palm frond. The shield is supported by a sailor holding a golden fluke of sugar cane and a woman holding a golden spiny lobster. The crest is a golden helmet with a red and white mantling and a lion holding a golden paddle.
The blue background of the flag represents the ocean, which surrounds the islands, and the Union Jack represents the British colonial history of the islands. The coat of arms represents the culture and natural resources of the British Virgin Islands, including their maritime heritage and the abundance of fish and lobster in the waters surrounding the islands.
The current design of the flag was adopted on November 15, 1960, when the British Virgin Islands became a separate colony from the Leeward Islands.