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United Kingdom (British) Flag

Shop for authentic United Kingdom Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor United Kingdom flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor United Kingdom flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the United Kingdom National Anthem, historical information about the United Kingdom flag, and demographic data about United Kingdom

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History of the British Flag

The British Flag is blue, white, and red and is a combination of the crosses of the England Flag, Scotland Flag, and Ireland Flag. It features a blue field with the white diagonal cross of St. Andrew (Patron Saint of Scotland), the red diagonal cross of St. Patrick (Patron Saint of Ireland), on top of the white cross and the red cross of Saint George (Patron Saint of England).

As separate nations, the England flag consisted of a white field with the red St. George cross, the Scotland flag consisted of a blue field with a white diagonal cross and the Ireland flag consisted of a white field with a red diagonal cross. The United Kingdom Flag is officially called the "Union Flag" but is also referred to as the "Union Jack." The current United Kingdom Flag was adopted in 1801 but prior to this, the first Union Flag was adopted in 1606 which featured just the two crosses of England and Scotland and was changed in 1801 when Ireland joined the United Kingdom.

The Wales Flag (Wales is part of the United Kingdom) was not added on as Wales was already part of England (a union was formed in 1284) at the time the flag was designed in 1606. The United Kingdom flag is one of the oldest flags in the world as well as one of the most recognized flags in the world and was proclaimed by James I when he became King of England and King of Scotland following Queen Elizabeth I death, and he wanted to combine the two crosses of the nations.

The United Kingdom (officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is made up of four countries which are England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales and is located in Europe. The capital and largest city is London which is also the largest city in Europe. It is thought that the first people to occupy England were after the last Ice Age. There is much history surrounding the United Kingdom and between the 17th and 20th centuries, it held very high power and control in the world, becoming a colonial empire that ruled many different countries and areas in Africa, Asia, North America, and Oceania.

The United Kingdom has the fifth largest economy in the world and a lot of the economy is based on its agriculture and natural resources, such as, iron, clay, lead, and coal amongst others. Tourism also plays a major role in the economy and the United Kingdom is the sixth most visited tourist destination in the world. The main attraction and the most visited in the United Kingdom is the Tower of London, which is thought to be the most famous castle in the world and is home to royalty's crown jewels. Windsor Castle is also another popular attraction and is the largest royal home in the world as well as the oldest one as it was built by William the Conqueror in 1080AD and is still inhabited.

Geographic Coordinates
54 00 N, 2 00 W
Area
243,610 sq km
Population
61,284,806
Life Expectancy
79.16 years
Government Type
Constitutional Monarchy And Commonwealth Realm
Capital
London
GDP
$2.149 trillion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
7.6% (2009 est.)
Currency
Pound sterling (GBP)
Calling Code
+44
Internet TLD
.gb

United Kingdom National Anthem

God Save the Queen

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Lyrics

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen