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Union Jack (Union Flag) of the United Kingdom

UK Flag - Union Jack / Union Flag

Union Jack or Union Flag

UK Flag Description:

The Union Jack or Flag consists of the flag of St George (England)...

St. George's Flag (England)

superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland)...

St Patrick's Flag (Ireland)

which is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland).

St Andrew's Flag  (Scotland)


Properly known as the Union Flag, but commonly called the Union Jack; the design and colours (especially the Blue Ensign) have been the basis for a number of other flags including other Commonwealth countries and their constituent states or provinces, and British overseas territories

Union Jack or Union Flag?

There is continual correspondence about use of the terms Union Flag or Union Jack.  As can be seen from a written answer in the House of Commons (UK Parliament) the terms are interchangeable.

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 15 Jul 2002

Union Jack

Mr. Chope: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Government will introduce legislation to ensure that it is always lawful to display the Union Jack. [68049]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government see no need to introduce such legislation. There are no restrictions under the general law on the display of the Union Flag on land in England and Wales other than those imposed by the provisions of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and the Trade Marks Act 1994, which relate to the reproduction of flags in trade marks. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issues guidance, in consultation with the Lord Chamberlain's Office, as to the days The Queen has approved for flags to be flown from Government buildings.

British ships are entitled to fly the Red Ensign, which includes a Union Flag in the corner. This is internationally recognised at sea as the flag of a British ship.

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