The Union Jack Flag Of The United Kingdom Pictured On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet
The iconic Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom is captured on this acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts. This flag, which is sometimes known as the Union Flag, also features as part of the flags of several Commonwealth countries and those that were previously British colonies. The flag has its origins in the reign of King James I of England who was King James VI of Scotland and united the crowns of England, Scotland, and Ireland as three states in a personal union. The original design contained the red cross of St. George on white for England, and the white saltire (diagonal cross) of St. Andrew on blue for Scotland. The design that can be seen today, as pictured on our fridge magnet, still contains these two aspects as well as the red saltire of St. Patrick, representing Ireland. It came into being with the Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801.
The Historic Origins Of The United Kingdom
The 1707 Acts of Union saw England and Scotland first united as Great Britain with the Acts of Union of 1800 and 1801 eventually leading to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This later changed to The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1927 following the partitioning of Ireland in 1922. Although the United Kingdom itself is a recognized country with a constitutional monarchy, its constituent parts, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, are also regarded as countries. The native people of the United Kingdom are termed British although the term Great Britain actually refers to the island of Great Britain which contains only England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries, together with Northern Island, are represented by the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom, as pictured on our attractive acrylic fridge magnet.