The flag of Serbia is a tricolour with Pan-Slavic colours, with three equal horizontal fields, red on the top, blue in the middle and white on the bottom. The same tricolour, in a number of variations, was the flag of Serbia throughout history and is the National flag of the Serbian people. On the State flag, there is the Lesser Coat of arms of Serbia centred vertically and located left of centre by one-seventh of the flag's length.
A similar flag was also used between 1882 when Serbia was proclaimed a kingdom, and abandoned in 1918 when it joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1945, Serbia became a republic within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and a communist star was added to the middle, was officially dropped in 1992. The current form of the flag was officially adopted on August 16, 2004, in form of recommendation issued by the Parliament of Serbia. By adoption of the new Constitution of Serbia on November 8, 2006, its usage became constitutionally sanctioned (along with the coat of arms and anthem), and the State and the National (civil) flag were equalised. The version without the Coat of arms was used as the State flag and the National flag, and since continued to be used as a National Flag only.