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"THE UNION JACK" London Local Custom Tip by DAO

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  THE FLAG ON TOP OF PARLIAMENT
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  • THE FLAG ON TOP OF PARLIAMENT - London
      THE FLAG ON TOP OF PARLIAMENT
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  • THE UNION JACK - London
  • THE UNION JACK - London
  • THE UNION JACK - London
  • THE UNION JACK - London
 

The Union Flag is often called the 'Union Jack'. When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne, thereby becoming James I of England, the national flags of England and Scotland were merged in 1606. They incorporated the Red Cross on a white background of the St George’s Cross (England) and the diagonal blue Cross of St Andrew (Scotland). Later the St Patrick's Cross was added which is the red diagonal stripes you see on the finish article toady. Wales was subjugated to England and the yellow and black Cross of St David is not incorporated. A ‘Jack’ is a flag on a naval vessel, but the Union Flag is almost always called the Union Jack.

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