Why is the United Kingdom flag the way it is?
It is so called because it combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign – the kingdoms of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Ireland (although since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). The flag consists of three heraldic crosses.
Why is the Union Jack not symmetrical?
St. Andrew’s is on the right in every quarter (as you turn the flag clockwise) due to a rule of heraldry giving Scotland a position of precedence (on the right) over Northern Ireland as the more senior member of the United Kingdom. Thus, the flag is not symmetrical, and it is possible to hoist upside-down.
What was the British flag before the Union Jack?
As you may or may not know our flag has evolved as the different countries that now make up to United Kingdom came under the rule of England. In the 16th century the flag was known as the British flag or the flag of Britain and included the red cross of St George (England) and the blue saltire of St Andrew (Scotland).
When did England change their flag?
The English version of the First Union Flag, 1606, used mostly in England and, from 1707, the flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Scottish version of the First Union Flag saw limited use in Scotland from 1606 to 1707, following the Union of the Crowns.
Can I fly the Union flag in my garden?
Up to two flags can be flown without consent when erected in the grounds of a building. But only one flag can be flown within the gardens of a building if another flag is either being flown from the roof. The same applies if it is projecting from the building.