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What does the British flag look like?

British flagThe UK flag is called the Union Flag. It is sometimes wrongly referred to as the Union Jack. It is the flag of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The flag is actually three flags in one.

It is made up from the:

  • England flag,
  • Scotland flag and
  • the patron saint of Ireland's Flag.

You can find out about the making of the UK flag and its history by visiting our Union Flag pages.

The emblems (flags) that appear on the Union Flag are the crosses of three patron saints:

Scottish flagThis is Scotland's Flag.
Scotland is represented by the flag of St. Andrew.
It is called the "St Andrews Flag".

England flagThis is England's Flag.
England is represented by the flag of St. George.
It is called the "St Georges Flag".

Northern IrelandThis flag is the Patron Saint of Ireland.
On the Union Flag, Northern Ireland is represented by the flag of St. Patrick.


Together they all make the UK Flag

UK Flag

Welsh flagThis is the flag of Wales

Find out why the Welsh dragon does not appear on the UK flag.

The Union Flag should be flown with the broader (wider) diagonal band of white uppermost in the hoist (near the pole). Find out how to fly the flag correctly

Print a worksheet with a blackline Uk flag to colour

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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.