United Kingdom UK Flag

United Kingdom UK Flag

Description of the United Kingdom (UK) Flag - The Union Jack

As the above picture of the United Kingdom (UK) Flag indicates the colors of the United Kingdom (UK) 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 United Kingdom (UK) Flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

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

The shape and flag ratio of the United Kingdom (UK) Flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

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

The red saltire cross attributed to St. Patrick was added to represent Ireland however St Patrick was not a martyr and therefore no cross was ever ascribed to him

The red cross, attributed to St. Patrick, is in actual fact, part of the heraldic device of the Fitzgerald family crest

The Fitzgerald family were sent by the English King Henry II of England (1154-1189) to suppress the Irish in 1172

This flag has never been used as an emblem of Ireland by the Irish

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