A flag containing three other flags.
The Union Flag - the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)
The Union Flag, popularly known as the *Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag.
It is called the Union
Flag because it symbolises the administrative
union of the countries
of the United Kingdom. It is made up up
of the individual Flags of three of the Kingdom's countries all united
under one Sovereign - the countries of 'England,
of 'Scotland' and
of 'Northern Ireland' (since
1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). As Wales was
a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be
included on the flag.
The following pages will tell you how the Union Flag (Union Jack) came to be the UK's national flag and the making of the United Kingdom.
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*"It is often stated that the Union Flag should only be described as the Union Jack when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From early in its life the Admiralty itself frequently referred to the flag as the Union Jack, whatever its use, and in 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that Their Lordships had decided that either name could be used officially. Such use was given Parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that “the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag”."
So - “…the jack flag had existed for over a hundred and fifty years before the jack staff…” If anything the jack-staff is named after the Union Jack - and not the other way around!
The Flag Institute website www.flaginstitute.org
Historian David Starkey said in that Channel 4 tv programme that the Union Flag is called 'Jack' because it is named after James l of Great Britain
(Jacobus , Latin for James), who introduced the flag following his accession to the throne.