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Flag of United Kingdom

United Kingdom
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1801
Design A white-fimbriated symmetric red cross on a blue field with a white-fimbriated counterchanged saltire of red and white. [0]
Colors
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History

The current design of the Union Jack dates from the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1801. It consists of the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England), edged in white, superimposed on the Cross of St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which are superimposed on the Saltire of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland). Wales, however, is not represented in the Union Flag by Wales's patron saint, Saint David, as at the time the flag was designed Wales was part of the Kingdom of England. [0]

Meaning

See History.