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The national flag of the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories is the Union Flag, which may also be called the Union Jack. The first Union Flag was created in 1606 and combined the flags of England and Scotland. The present Union Flag dates from 1801 when St. Patrick’s Cross was added to represent Ireland. It then became possible to display the flag upside down. There is no Flag Act in UK law and the Union Flag is the national flag by long established custom and practice, rather than by statute. However there has been a move to affirms the Union Flag as the national flag of the United Kingdom via the Union Flag Bill 2008.
A short animated video to music on the history of the Union Jack from Grey's Blog.
When the 'Union Jack' was first introduced in 1606, it was known simply as 'the British flag' or 'the flag of Britain', and was ordered to be flown at the main masthead of all ships, warships and merchant ships, of both England and Scotland. It is often commeted that the Union Flag should only be described as the Union Jack when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From early in its life the Admiralty itself frequently referred to the flag as the Union Jack, whatever its use, and in 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that Their Lordships had decided that either name could be used officially. Such use was given Parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that "the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag".
In 2008 a 10 Minute Rule Bill, sponsored by Andrew Rosindell MP, was introduced. In brief the Union Flag Bill affirms the Union Flag as the national flag of the United Kingdom. It confirms the proportions of the flag are 3:5, and it endorses its dual names Union Flag and Union Jack.
Details of The Union Flag Bill on the United Kingdom Parliament web site
On 6 January 2012 Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced proposals to make it easier for people to fly flags of their choice without facing costly restrictions and red tape. The moves are intended to boost local and national identities and strengthen community cohesion.
Flags may be flown on every day of the year. Government and local authority buildings in England, Scotland and Wales are encouraged to fly national flags every day of the year. The Union Flag has a correct way up - in the half of the flag nearest the flagpole, the wider diagonal white stripe must be above the red diagonal stripe, as Scotland’s St Andrew’s Cross takes precedence over Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Cross. It is most improper to fly the flag upside down.
The Flag Institute is a thriving membership-based flag organization - the largest in the world, with members on all six continents - and the national vexillological organization of the United Kingdom.
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