|Description: Union Jack Flag. The flag has a 3 cm x 87 cm binding at the narrow end with a grommet at each end.|
The Union Flag, popularly known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is called the Union Flag because it symbolizes the administrative union of the countries (kingdoms) in the United Kingdom: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (only Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom since 1921). The flag is made up of parts from the Irish, Scottish and English flags. As Wales was not a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be included on the flag. The term 'Union Jack' was officially acknowledged as an alternative name for the Union Flag by the Admiralty and Parliament in the early 20th century. The term 'jack' refers to the flag that is flown from the ' jack staff' of the bowsprit of a ship. Another explanation for the name is that it is named after James I of Great Britain (Jacobus, in Latin) who introduced the flag in 1606 following his accession to the throne. REF: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/geography/unionjack.html visited Dec. 20, 2007.