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London is the capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. London is not so much a city as a group of towns and villages. It has grown gradually and absorbed many cities, towns and villages. Its is made up of large portions of four ancient commonwealths, or kingdoms, those of the Middle Saxons (Middlesex), of the East Saxons (Essex), of the "South Rie" (Surrey) folk, and of Kent.

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The coat of arms has never officially been granted, but has been recorded at the College of Arms, albeit without supporters and crest. The shield consists of the cross of St. George with the emblem of the city's patron, St. Paul. The first cathedral dedicated to St. Paul was built in 605 in the city. The sword has often been attributed that it was granted by King Richard II as a reward for William Walworth's services to the King. There is however, no proof to this. The dragons appear to date from around 1633 along with the motto 'Domine dirige nos' (Lord, direct us).

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The St. George's Cross, red on white, distinguishes a number of civic flags associated with London. The city of London flag shows in the top left quarter, in red, the sword which beheaded St. Paul

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