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by Mandy Barrow

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British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
The Making of the Union Flag
Why doesn't the Welsh dragon appear on the Union Flag?

Welsh Flag 

The Welsh dragon does not appear on the flag because when the first Union Flag was created in 1606, Wales was already united with England from the 13th century. This meant that Wales a Principality instead of a Kingdom and as such could not be included.

In 1536, under Henry VIII, the Act of Union joined England and Wales officially.

What would the Union Flag look like if Wales was represented?

In November 2007, a Welsh MP, Ian Lucas, asked parliament why Wales is not represented in the Union Jack. Of course, we have the answer here on our website, but what if Wales was represented, what would the flag look like?

Below you can see Ian Lucas' version of the Union flag with Wales represented:

Union Flag with Wales represented

Does the Union Flag as we know it, have a future?

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National Day of Wales

National Flower of Wales

Facts about Wales

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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.

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