In 1830, the flag was originally composed of horizontal stripes of red (top), yellow and black (bottom), which was flown from the city hall of Brussels at the start of the Belgian Revolution. On January 1831, the stripes were changed from horizontal to vertical (as nod to the French flag) and on October of the same year, the Black was placed on the hoist side and attain its modern form.
Since Belgium is a federal state, the national flag and the flags of the communities or regions occupy the same rank in principle. But in practice, when the flags are raised or lowered or carried in procession, the national flag takes precedence over all others.
Current collection as of 28 January 2015: