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In March 1786 several proposals were provided, after a request of the Court Office. The joined Bohemian-Austrian Court Office proposed a triband red-white-red flag with a crowned coat of arms in the middle. The proposed coat of arms was quartered Austria, Hungary, Bohemia and Galizia. This was rejected by the State Kanzler Prince Kaunitz, who meant that the main coat of arms, that of Austria was not to be treated equal as the others. He proposed that either only the austrian coat of arms is retained, or that it is set as an escutcheon in a shield quartred of Hungary, Bohemia, Galizia and Burgundy.
On 16 March 1786 the Court Office presented to the Emperor two new proposals, one with the oval Austrian coat of arms crowned with the Hungarian crown, and the other with the Austrian shield crowned with three crowns: Bohemian, Hungarian and Galitzian.
On 15 March 1786 an other proposal was presented by the Counrt Office, that pictured the Archducal crown in the middle of the white field. The proposals were all regarded too complicated by the Emperor himself, and he decided that the crown should be a simple “ideal” crown of the old Greek style. This ended in the new flag proclaimed on 20 March 1786 after a proposal by Prince Kaunitz.