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Flags of the World

On twelve April 1606, a new flag to signify this regal union among England and Scotland was
specified in a royal decree, according to which the flag of England a red cross on a white
track record, known as St George's Cross), and the flag of Scotland (a white saltire on a blue
track record, recognized as the Saltire or St Andrew's Cross, would be joined jointly,
developing the flag of Great Britain and very first union flag.

The recent layout dates from the Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The flag
combines elements of 3 countrywide flags: the red cross of Saint George, the red saltire of
Saint Patrick's Flag, and the Flag of Scotland.

The conditions Union Flag and Union Jack are equally historically correct for describing the
de facto nationwide flag of the United Kingdom. No matter whether to get in touch with it the
Union Flag or the "Union Jack" is a issue of debate by many. According to the Flag Institute,
the vexillological organisation for the United Kingdom, "the national flag of the United
Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Abroad Territories is the Union Flag, which could
also be referred to as the Union Jack.

It is typically said that the Union Flag ought to only be described as the Union Jack when
flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a fairly modern concept. From early in its lifestyle
the Admiralty by itself regularly referred to the flag as the Union Jack, what ever its use, and
in 1902 an Admiralty Round introduced that Their Lordships had made a decision that
possibly title could be utilised formally. In 1908, a authorities minister mentioned, in reaction
to a Parliamentary concern, that the Union Jack must be regarded as the Nationwide flag.

Nevertheless, the expression "Union Flag" is used in King Charles's 1634 proclamation none
of our Subjects, of any of Our Countries and Kingdoms shall from henceforth presume to
carry the Union Flag in the Principal leading, or other component of any of their Ships St
Georges cross and St Andrew's Cross joined jointly on ache of Our higher displeasure, but
that the very same Union Flag be even now reserved as an ornament proper for Our very
own Ships and Ships in Our immediate Service and Pay, and none other.

Union Flag shall be Azure, the Crosses Saltires of St. Andrew and St. Patrick Quarterly for
each Saltire, counterchanged Argent and Gules the latter fimbriated of the 2nd, surmounted
by the Cross of St. George of the Third, fimbriated as the Saltire. Proclamation Declaring His
Majesty's Pleasure regarding the Royal Fashion and Titles appertaining to the Imperial
Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and its Dependencies, and also
the Ensigns, Armorial Flags, and Banners thereof"

When the initial flag symbolizing Britain was launched on the proclamation of King James I in
1606, it grew to become known merely as "the British flag" or "the flag of Britain". The royal
proclamation gave no distinctive name to the new flag. The term jack was in use ahead of

1600 to illustrate the maritime bow flag. By 1627 a modest Union Jack was frequently flown
in this placement. English Flag