The Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom is a combination of flags from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The crosses from each country were put together to result in the red, white and blue flag we see across Britain today.
Originally, the Union Jack was only used by Royalty and was flown at King George III’s castles and forts.
The term ‘Union’ signifies the coming together of the 3 Kingdoms.
There are a few different explanations for where the term ‘Jack’ could have come from.
The most common explanation is that the term Jack refers to Charles II’s wish for the flag to be used by Royal Navy ships as a ‘jack’ meaning a small flag flown at the front of the ship.
Other alternatives are that the term comes from the word ‘jacket’ referring to the uniform worn by English or Scottish soldiers or that it refers to James I who originated the first union of the 3 Kingdoms in 1603.
Cufflinks of the Month
Street parties for the Queens Silver Jubilee inspired these patriotic Union Jack cufflinks. Relaunched as part of the Commemorative Collection for the 100 year anniversary of WW1, these vitreous enamel cufflinks inspire honour and allegiance.