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Union Jack with St. Patrick's Cross

Union Jack with St. Patrick's Cross Visual Arts History Social Studies

The flag of Great Britain has several different crosses. What do they stand-for, individually and collectively?

The flag of England is the Cross of St. George - a red cross on a white background - for England's patron saint (St. George). 

The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St Andrew - a white diagonal cross on a blue background - for Scotland's patron saint (St. Andrew). 

Those flags were combined to form the first Union Flag - the flag of Great Britain - in 1707.

After the 1800 Act of Union, in which the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain were merged, the Cross of St. Patrick - a red diagonal cross on a white background - was added to the Union Flag. That is the flag, depicted above, which today remains the flag of the UK (United Kingdom). 

It is also known as the "Union Jack."

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jan 19, 2020


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