Daughters of the British Empire in Tennessee
Not Ourselves but the Cause
April 1606 saw the formation of one flag to represent England and Scotland together. This flag was a combination of the St. Georges Cross and the St. Andrews Cross. 

After the Acts of Union in 1707, the flag gained a regularised status, as "the ensign armorial of the Kingdom of Great Britain", the newly created state.

Wales had no explicit recognition in the Union Flag because Wales, having been annexed by Edward the First of England in 1282, was legally part of the Kingdom of England and was therefore represented by the Flag of England.

(The present-day St. Davidís Cross or Flag of Wales emerged in the 20th century)

Ireland was not represented in the original Union Jack.

In January 1801, the Kingdom of Great Britain was merged with the Kingdom of Ireland and the Union Jack was amalgamated with the Irish St. Patrickís Flag to form the Union Flag as we know it today.

No law has ever been passed making the Union Flag the national flag of the United Kingdom: it has become one through usage. Its first recorded recognition as a national flag came in 1908, when it was stated in Parliament that "the Union Flag should be regarded as the National flag".

There is the correct way to fly the Union Flag and flying it upside down generally indicates a distress situation.

The correct way is to have the wider White Band at the Flag Staff nearest the top.


For More Information on the Flags of the United Kingdom, Click this Link.
History of the Union Flag
New Union Flag
Original Union Flag
Correct Way. Flag Pole on the Left and the Wide White Band at the Top
Incorrect Way. Narrow White Band at the Top
Countries of our Members

Many of the members of the DBE in Tennessee are English or have English roots.
We also have members from Scotland, Wales,Canada, America,Switzertland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
A true International Group of Ladies.
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