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United Kingdom Flag

Flag of United Kingdom
Flag Name(s)Union Jack, Union Flag, British flag, UK flag [Flag Of United Kingdom]
Aspect Ratio(1:2)
Color Scheme blue, red, white
Color and Design

A white-fimbriated symmetric red cross on a blue field with a white-fimbriated counterchanged saltire of red and white.

Meaning & SymbolismIt is so called the Union Jack because it combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign; the kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The red cross of St George for the Kingdom of England, the white saltire of St Andrew for Scotland and the red saltire of St Patrick to represent Ireland. Although since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the UK.
Description and Brief History

The national flag of the United Kingdom (also known as the Union Jack, or the Union Flag) is a combination of three separate flags with symbols of the patron saints of the three countries — England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland — that are united under one sovereign. England and Wales are represented by the bold red St. George’s cross on the white background; Scotland is represented by the white-colored St. Andrew's cross on the blue background; and Northern Ireland is represented by St. Patrick’s cross, the red diagonal cross on the white background.


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