The National Flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a vertical tricolor and features three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green. The gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern, representing the first letter of Vincent. The diamonds also recall the islands as "The Gems of the Antilles" and are set slightly lowered in the gold band to reflect the nation's position in the Antilles. Blue symbolizes the colors of the tropical sky and crystal waters. The yellow color represents the almost constant sunshine and the golden Grenadine sands. The green color symbolizes the abundant vegetation in the islands.