There are several suggested designs for a Leicestershire flag. Several bear similar charges which are used in the county but as there is no anciently defined arrangement a competition will likely be necessary to secure it a flag.
This design, conceived by Jason Saber, combines several themes and devices found on civic arms, club badges and organisational emblems throughout the county. The flag is a red and white serrated bicolour, the unique zigzag division and colour scheme found in both the arms of Leicestershire County Council
and those from Hinckley and Bosworth
Against the upper red section is a cinquefoil, something of a local motif, which originated in the arms of Robert De Bellomonte, first Earl of Leicester and has a clear association with the county since at least 1784 when it appeared on ‘A New Map Of The Counties Of Leicester And Rutland Drawn From The Latest Authorities’ by Thomas Conder
In addition to its appearance on the above two sets of civic arms the emblem is also found on those from Oadby and Wigston
and the city of Leicester itself
It is also the emblem of the Leicester Hockey Club
As with this depiction and the one appearing on the logo of Leicester University
the Leicestershire cinquefoil is realised in pure white to keep things simple. On the lower white section is a depiction of a fox. This animal has a strong association with the county: it is used by Leicestershire council as a crest on its official arms
and as a modern logo
and is notably also used as the emblem of the cricket team, which, pointedly, is named “Leicestershire Foxes”
A fox further appears on the badges of the county football association;
the county rugby association;
the local golf union;
Leicestershire Hockey Association;
and the umbrella organisation which oversees secondary school sport in the county, “Team Leicestershire”;
Leicestershire’s distinct cinquefoil and fox emblems are presently found in combination on the badge of Leicester Football Club
the emblem of the county police force
and the emblem of the county’s Amateur Swimming Association
The combination of fox and cinquefoil on the flag
thus continues a recognised practice, in a simply constructed design with locally meaningful features.
This proposal by Rupert Barnes also retains the colours of red and white which feature prominently in the arms of the Leicestershire County Council and includes an ermine cinquefoil (essentially white with minimal black detailing) as found in the arms but enlarged and placed at the fly end, on a red field. The same serrated edging as found on the council arms, dividing the four quarters horizontally, here divides the flag at roughly the first third of the flag’s length to produce a white hoist section.
Philip Tibbetts’s proposal also retains the quartered pattern of the council’s arms along with its red and white colour scheme. Four foxes are countercharged in red and white in each of the four quarters.
The fourth design is the creation of Brady Ells. It is inspired by the colours of the Leicester Tigers Rugby team
and Leicestershire County Cricket Club
At the hoist is a fox head, as found in the badge of Leicester Football club and as seen, a fox is also used by the cricket club.
Paul Lindsay’s suggestion, illustrated by Daniel Raudulv, combines the ideas of Philip Tibbetts and Jason Saber.
A flag often marketed as the county flag of Leicestershire, being that body’s coat of arms (see above) in flag form, in fact represents only Leicestershire County Council and flying it requires permission from the council. This council additionally, does not administer the whole county, the city of Leicester itself is self-administering, so the symbols of the county council cannot represent the entire county, by definition.