The British Flag: The Union Jack

The Union JackThe Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is formed by combining the red and white crosses of St George, St Andrew, and St Patrick and retaining the blue background of the flag of St Andrew.

If you want to read more about the history of the Union Jack and find out why The Welsh flag wasn’t included, then click here.

The British are a diverse, multi-national and multi-cultural society, with strong regional accents, expressions and identities. The social structure of the United Kingdom has changed radically since the nineteenth century, largely as a result of  the decline in religious observance, the enlargement of the middle classes, and an increase in ethnic diversity.

The population of the UK is about 62.5 million, with a British Diaspora of around 140 million concentrated in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States.  OMG, 140 million of us!

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