The Flag of the Isle of Wight was adopted and registered in January 2009.
In 2007 an Isle of Wight Flag Committee was founded to create a flag for the Isle of Wight. The Committee ran a public competition in association with the County Press newspaper to design a flag for the island. They received over 350 entries. These were whittled down to a shortlist of four designs which the public then had an opportunity to vote on.
The winning design was by John Graney. It was registered by the Flag Institute on 9 January 2009. Although the Isle of Wight is not a traditional county in accordance with the Flag Institute's expressed criteria, nevertheless the flag has been described as a "county flag," reflecting the island's distinct identity.
In April 2009 the new flag was officially launched and replaced the older design on top of County Hall.