UK Flags

History of the Union Flag

The UK Flag or Union Flag has a history dating back over 400 years. 

The current and second Union Flag dates from 1 January 1801 with the Act of Union 1800, which merged the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

The 1801 design added a red saltire, the so-called "cross of Saint Patrick", for Ireland.


The UK flag is a symbol of the diversity of the British nation.

Union Jack

The Union Jack is a common name for the Union Flag - neither seems to be the correct form. This flag is the current flag of the United Kingdom and is also used in some way by a few former colonies of the overseas territories.

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