British Flag

British Flag

Flag of British - Description of the British Flag - The Union Jack

The flag of the United Kingdom is often referred to as the British flag, or given its full title the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

As the above picture of the British Flag indicates the colors of the British flag, or Union Jack, are red, white and blue - the actual background, or field, is blue

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the British flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the British flag is described as a Cross reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the British flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

The British flag pictures a representation of the Patron Saints of England, Scotland and Ireland on a blue field as follows:

The red cross of Saint George,  the patron saint of England, edged in white

Superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland

Superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland

To fly the British flag the correct way up, the broad white band of St. Andrew should be above the red band of St. Patrick in the upper-hoist canton

The Meaning & History of the the British Union Jack, or given its correct title the Union Flag, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. The British name "Union Jack"  derives from its early use as a 'jack' which is the small flag flown at the bow of a ship

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