Other former colonies who made the switch:

1. Canada: The now-familiar Maple Leaf was introduced in 1965, replacing a flag which had previously incorporated the Union Jack.

2. Papua New Guinea: The South Pacific island went through six different designs, each reflecting a period of political history, before its current flag (a bird of paradise against a red and black background) was introduced in 1971.

3. Sri Lanka: The gold lion holding a sword, which forms the main part of Sri Lanka’s flag, was the symbol of the country’s independence movement in the early 20th century.

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