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Why is the UK flag called the Union Jack and which is the correct way?

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022 - Trooping the Color

The Union Jack can be seen flying high across the UK as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her platinum jubilee this weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

The UK will be bathed in red, white and blue this weekend Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee.

The right royal sometimes commemorates the emperor aged 96 and his 70 years of reign.

There will be special events over the Bumper Bank Holiday Weekend, with a lot planned in the capital.

Flags, bunting, cutlery and more can be purchased from shops across the country to mark the event, with many decorated in the iconic Union Jack.

But why is our flag called the Union Jack? And how do you know you are displaying the flag correctly?

Why is it called the Union Jack?

The Union Jack, sometimes called the Union Flag, gets its name because it ‘unifies’ the three states of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The origin of the ‘jack’ part of the name is uncertain, but it is theorized that it comes from the name of a small maritime flag.

The Union Jack is the flag of the United Kingdom, and its design combines the flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The earliest variation of the flag was designed by King James I in 1606, after England and Scotland had inherited the thrones in 1603.

King James I of England and Scotland

King James I of England and Scotland (1566-1625). (Picture: Getty Images)

Originally the flag consisted only of St. George’s Cross and St. Andrew’s Cross, but with the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801, St. Patrick’s Cross was added.

Despite being part of the UK, Wales has no representation on the Union Jack.

While on land, the flag was traditionally known as the Union Flag, while when used at sea it was known as the Union Jack.

However, in 1902, it was officially announced that any name could be used.

Unlike the flags of most nations, there is no code of conduct surrounding the Union Jack.

This means that it can be folded, and reproduced in its original form on merchandise, printed materials and other memorabilia.

Are You Hanging Your Union Jack Correctly? (Picture: Getty Images)

how to tell if your union jack is upside down

While you might think that the Union Jack is symmetrical and can be braided either way and look alike, you would be wrong.

Fortunately, if you pay close attention to the shape of the stripes, you’ll be able to tell if you’re hanging your flag correctly.

If you see the white stripes on the flag closest to the flag pole, the wide stripes should sit on top of the slanted red stripes.

On the flag, these wide white stripes represent St. Andrew’s Cross while the diagonal red stripes represent St. Patrick.

This means that if you look on the opposite side of the flag, the thin white stripes should be sitting on top of the slanted red lines.

When hung vertically, you should make sure that the thick white line is at the top left.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

The ceremony, which takes place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, marks Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts and other special events involving the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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