A flag containing three other flags.
The Union Flag - the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)
The Union Flag, popularly known as the *Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag.
It is called the Union
Flag because it symbolises the administrative
union of the countries
of the United Kingdom. It is made up up
of the individual Flags of three of the Kingdom's countries all united
under one Sovereign - the countries of 'England,
of 'Scotland' and
of 'Northern Ireland' (since
1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). As Wales was
a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be
included on the flag.
The following pages will tell you how the Union Flag (Union Jack) came to be the UK's national flag and the making of the United Kingdom.
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Jack' was officially acknowledged as an alternative name for the
Union Flag by the Admiralty and Parliament in the early 20th century.
The term 'jack' refers to the flag that is flown from
the bowsprit of a ship, often denoting nationality."
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The Union Flag is commonly known as the Union Jack, although the exact origin of the name is unclear.
One explanation is that it gets its name from the "jack staff" of naval vessels from which the original Union Flag was flown.
Historian David Starkey said in that Channel 4 tv programme that the Union Flag is called 'Jack' because it is named after James l of Great Britain
(Jacobus , Latin for James), who introduced the flag following his accession to the throne.