National Flags – United Kingdom Flag

The United Kingdom flag, also known as the Union Jack, has been the national flag since 1801. The flag is referred to as the Union Jack because it symbolizes the union of countries that make up the United Kingdom. The flag design properly represents all of the UK countries except Wales. The flag consists of the red cross of Saint George (England) which is imposed in front of the red X of St. Patrick (Ireland), and both are superimposed on top of the Saltire of Saint Andrew (Scotland).

Some believe that the United Kingdom flag is symmetrical, but it is not. Most will not notice if you fly the flag upside down, however, there is a slight difference compared to the proper way to display the flag. The United Kingdom flag should be flown with the thick white stripe being above the red stripe on both diagonals.

Right Way                                                      Wrong Way

Image of the United Kingdom flag flown the correct way.                  Image of the United Kingdom flag flown the wrong way.

About the United Kingdom:

The United Kingdom is made up of four counties, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. As the image below shows, Great Britain is made up of England and Wales, Scotland is to the North and Northern Ireland is located in Ireland across the Irish Sea. For this reason, Great Britain and the United Kingdom are commonly confused as the same. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and is located in England.

Image of a map of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom is a storied country that has been involved in many historical events that have shaped the outlook of the entire world. For many years they were the world’s superpower nation until they were defeated by the United States in the American War of Independence. However, the United Kingdom remains one of the most powerful and prosperous countries in the world today.

Landmarks & Historical Places

Windsor Castle – The official home of the Queen is also the oldest occupied castle in the world.

Image of the Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace – It is one of the most well known places in the world and has been the residence of British monarchs since the reign of Queen Victoria.

Image of Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom.

Stonehenge – A collection of ancient stones that were erected between 3000BC and 1600BC.

Image of Stonehenge in the United Kingdom.

Palace of Westminster – It is the location for the United Kingdom Parliament and is one of the most recognized places in the world.

Image of the Palace of Westminster in the United Kingdom.

Big Ben in the Elizabeth Tower – Big Ben is the nickname for the large bell clock at the Palace of Westminster.

Image of Big Ben in the United Kingdom.

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